The SOLD Project

We believe that education is the key to preventing child exploitation. Our mission is to prevent child prostitution through culturally relevant programs for vulnerable children and to share their stories to empower creative, compassionate people to act. Beginning as a documentary, we are now a grassroots non-profit offering scholarship and resources to at-risk children in rural northern Thailand. Our work is two-fold: prevention through education in Thailand and raising global awareness.
Jul 9, 2015

Fostering Changemakers..

Students and staff in front of our second building
Students and staff in front of our second building

Dear Friends,

2015 has been an exciting year so far. In the last project report, we shared Win’s story [a SOLD scholarship student who graduated from University and joined the SOLD team]. We are truly amazed at how much of an impact our prevention programs have on our students and the community as a whole. Thank you for making our prevention programs accessible to our students and the surrounding villages.

Your generosity has inspired our students to want to make the community a better place. Not only have we had a graduated student come back to join the SOLD team, we currently have an active SOLD scholarship recipient on our team. This summer, one of our students, Yai*, is interning with us at our Resource Center. Yai is starting her first year at University this fall. She will be studying Social Work and has a desire to help others and give back to her community. Yai is helping our staff plan activities for the primary age students as well as learn about the day-to-day operations on the ground. It makes us so excited to see our students giving back to SOLD and to the community.

Without your support, the Resource Center would not be what it is today – a safe place where our students can come for resources, mentorship, counseling, and tutoring. Without these programs at the Resource Center, Yai might have ended up on a different path. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and cannot wait to see her start University. We are thankful for all of your support in creating a space where our students and staff can thrive in.

With hope and gratitude,

Alaynah Fiedler 

*Name has been changed to protect the anonymity of the student.

Photo of Yai
Photo of Yai
Jul 1, 2015

Breaking Ground...

One of our scholarship students, Cat
One of our scholarship students, Cat

Cat, pictured above, was SOLD’s very first scholarship student. She was first given a scholarship in 2007 when she was in primary school. Cat was able to attend our Resource Center activities on a daily basis because her school was right across the street from the Resource Center. Cat is now in 12th grade and has a hard time traveling to the Resource Center as it is far away from her high school. The Resource Center is far removed from the city – in the rural village where many of our now higher education students studied for their primary education. In a recent interview with Cat, she mentioned that she would love it if SOLD would expand to Chiang Rai City in order for her and the other students studying at the high school and university level to have a safe and fun learning environment. We listened to her feedback and created our expansion program for 2015.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a very generous monthly donation (via check) that will cover one hundred percent of our rent for the city center! This is the first step in our expansion program and we could not be more thankful for all of your support. We have found a building for our city center and we are currently in the process of signing the lease. The building is located across the road from one of the high schools many of our students attend. It is three stories with four rooms and three and a half bathrooms. This building will allow for a fun learning environment as well as a private room for counseling.

After we secure the building, the next step is to begin to hire staff and mentors for the center which will include a program director and a program officer that will oversee the after school program. These next steps are all dependent on funding, and we will need $1,500/month to hire a mentor and admin assistant for the new program.

Your gifts are enabling us to grow with students like Cat in order to provide the support for situations that puts a high school or university student at risk such as unhealthy relationships, living apart from family, lack of mentorship, etc. We’re honored and encouraged by your belief and investment in SOLD’s work to prevent child exploitation.

Thank you!
With hope,

Alaynah Fiedler

U.S. Operations Manager

Front of the building
Front of the building
One of the rooms in the building
One of the rooms in the building
May 14, 2015

We're Halfway There..

Parent meeting day
Parent meeting day

It has been a busy time for us at our Resource Center in Chiang Rai. The students are on school break right now, which means the Resource Center has been filled with students playing and learning. We also just had our first parent meeting of the year. Twice a year we gather as an organization and a community to share stories, engage the community with trainings, and award scholarships to our students.

We are thrilled to announce we are halfway to our goal of $16,000 for the computer lab in our new building! We recently received an $8,000 check donation as well as three gently used computers from The HUG Project, an organization in Chiang Mai.

Your gifts are enabling our students access to resources that are vital in their success. An Internet-connected computer lab enables our students to complete homework assignments, learn valuable software, research, & typing skills, as well as pursue niche interests in design, web development, & more.

We are eager to host our first computer workshop in the new computer lab, which will allow 10 students or community members access to a computer at one time. This is huge for us as we currently have 3 computers for over 120 students and a whole village. Not only will our scholarship students have access to the computer lab, the community members will have access as well.  

We will be purchasing the first round of computers soon! We’re honored and encouraged by your belief and investment in SOLD’s work to prevent child exploitation.

Thank you!

With hope,

Alaynah Fiedler

U.S. Operations Manager

Current computer lab (Allison Harp Photography)
Current computer lab (Allison Harp Photography)
 
   

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