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.
Sep 3, 2013

Back to school

A new classroom under construction!
A new classroom under construction!

Dear friends,

I live next door to a school in Oakland that has sat dormant for most of the summer. Last week, it began to buzz with preparations for the new school year. Teachers are setting up classrooms, kids are shopping for school supplies, and parents are both mourning and celebrating the last few days of summer. All in all, change is in the air, and it's exciting.

For our students in Thailand—whose school year started months ago—the experience is so similar and yet so different. They spend their summer months at The FREEDOM Resource Center in art classes, English camps, and whatever else our creative staff can think of to fill their days with fun and learning. Their parents know that our Resource Center is not only a positive place of learning and mentorship for their kids, but it is also a safe place. Safety is an immeasurable value for our at-risk kids.

But today the Resource Center is busting at the seams. We are in need of a second classroom as a dedicated location for our important after-school tutoring program. This allows our first classroom to continue to be a vibrant community center and program headquarters while allowing a separate, more focused space for the vital learning programs we offer.

This new classroom will provide:

  • Two new classrooms, including a dedicated computer lab
  • Spaces for private meetings and counseling sessions
  • A small kitchen/cafe area
  • Secure storage for student information
  • An office for on-site staff

We broke ground on the building this spring, but due to a substantial (30%) increase in Thailand's minimum wage earlier this year, which we proudly support, the cost of labor and materials has gone up considerably. Will you help us finish this project this year?

The opportunity to learn makes all the difference to these kids. Thank you!

With gratitude and hope,

Rachel Goble

P.S. — GlobalGiving is hosting it's first-ever Fundraiser Campaign all through September. Raise $500 from 10 people to qualify for prizes (like airline tickets)—and help a lot of kids in the process! Start your fundraiser.

Sep 3, 2013

A new goal

Hello friends,

If there is such a thing as a good setback, we may have found it.

This summer, even as we broke ground on the new classroom building, it quickly became apparent that we'd have to adjust our fundraising goal.

On the one hand, this is extremely disappointing. It's already taken us longer than we'd hoped to complete this classroom, and in the meantime our staff and kids continue to overflow our one small building.

On the other hand...

The reasons costs have gone up are actually really great news!

As you know, a huge part of why we're working in Thailand to educate at-risk children is to break the cycle of poverty, which leads so many vulnerable children into exploitation. One factor that has driven up costs in the last couple years is a steady and substantial (30%) increase in Thailand's minimum wage!

These new laws alone will not be enough to end poverty in the rural north, but they're an important step in the right direction, and we're proud to be paying the local workers who are building this classroom a good wage.

Also, because of damage our Resource Center sustained earlier this year and the earthquake not long ago in nearby Chiang Saen, the engineers working on the building recommended upgrading the foundation and other materials to make this new building earthquake-proof and storm resistant. (It's hard to argue with that.)

In the end...

We need your help more than ever!

There's still five or six months worth of work to do before the classroom is ready for classes, and we're still $20+ short of our goal. Let's finish this thing!

One way you can make a huge difference is by doing what we do—inviting your friends to get involved and help!

If you raise $500 from 10 people using GlobalGiving's Fundraiser tool between now and September 30, you could win airline tickets from JetBlue, a flip camera, and other prizes. (The warm fuzzy feeling you get from rallying people to a good cause? That's a bonus. :-)

Start your fundraiser

Thanks for spreading the word!

With hope,

Michael

Jun 10, 2013

We're making progress!

Breaking ground on the new classroom
Breaking ground on the new classroom

Hi friends,

Phase 1 is finally under construction! With 140 students in our scholarship program now and so many children and community members taking advantage of our Resource Center, the new building will make a huge difference—and allow us to invite even more children and families to participate in The Freedom Project!

This building will provide:

  • Two new classrooms, including a dedicated computer lab
  • Spaces for private meetings and counseling sessions
  • A small kitchen/cafe area
  • Secure storage for student information
  • An office for on-site staff

Thanks to your gifts, we can finish the foundation and most of the first floor this summer! We still need an additional $12,000 to build the roof and finish the second floor.

Fortunately...

GlobalGiving is giving away money!

On Wednesday, June 12, when you give to The SOLD Project, GlobalGiving will match your gift at 50 percent!

That means your $20 gift magically becomes $30, your $50 gift magically becomes $75, and your $1,000 gift magically becomes $1,500! Will you help us spread the word?

Thank you for believing in us and giving so generously to support our mission. We couldn't be more proud to partner with you.

With hope,

Michael

Making progress
Making progress

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