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The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education

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The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
The Freedom Story: Prevention Through Education
Books are fun!
Books are fun!

Dear friends,

Your contributions continue to provide resources, mentorship and trafficking prevention awareness to our SOLD scholarship students and the entire community. In the last few months we've had Christmas parties, hosted volunteers, had our doors open daily for our after school program, and have made so much progress on our second classroom! Thank you for making all of this possible. 

We've been saying all along how needed this second classroom is. So much so that we're already using the first level of this building! We recently hosted an art camp with 20 volunteers and 75 students in the shade of the first level of this new classroom (see progress photo attached). Our staff are also very excited to each have a desk (currently eight staff are sharing two desks and a couch) in their new second level office! 

During the after school program we encourage the students to be creative. They took the attached pictures that they wanted to share with you. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for each contributing to our Freedom Project programs and helping to make it a reality. We are very grateful!

With hope,

Rachel Goble & The SOLD Project Team

Playing on the new couch
Playing on the new couch
Second classroom update
Second classroom update
Springtime at SOLD
Springtime at SOLD
Computer lab time
Computer lab time
Family Camp Group Photo
Family Camp Group Photo

Dear Friends,

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have a new friend: Happy Giving Tuesday! When I met with Giving Tuesday's Boaz Paldi last night he shared "I think we need a day of celebrating giving. It's a day that we can all come together and think about what we're giving, how we're doing it, and the fact that we can do it all over the world and in different ways. I think it's important to have this day: we have so many other days we celebrate, and we don't have a day of giving."


Will you join us in #GivingTuesday? The SOLD Project is so close to reaching our goal to build a second classroom at our Resource Center in Thailand. When you donate to build the classroom, 100% of the funds go directly to the building project. To make it even better, Global Giving is offering to print, download or mail a card if you choose to make the gift in someone's honor. This card, coupled with some of our new merchandise or student art makes the perfect holiday gift. 

In other news, The FREEDOM Project Prevention Programs continue to excel. We recently hosted our Family Camp where eight of our scholarship students and their families gathered together to set goals and learn about conflict resolution. It was a beautiful time of bonding and communication. It's your continued support of The FREEDOM Project that make programs like these possible, so thank you! 

With gratitude,

Rachel Goble & The SOLD Project team

P.S. - We want to hear how you're participating in #GivingTuesday! Make sure to tweet us at @thesoldproject.
Student with her Mom
Student with her Mom

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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.

23 students celebrate their graduation
23 students celebrate their graduation

Hello friends!

It's been an incredible spring for The SOLD Project, and we're excited to share three reasons why:

1) 23 students graduated in March

Even more exciting, ALL of them plan to continue their studiesIn a region where nearly half of all students drop out before middle school, these students’ accomplishments are amazing. Thank you for investing in their dreams and making this celebration possible!

2) We broke ground on a 2nd classroom

We've been raising funds for this much-needed building for some time, and Phase 1 is finally under construction! With 140 students in our scholarship program now and more and more children and community members taking advantage of after school programs, workshops, and weekend classes at our Resource Center, the new space will make a huge difference and allow us to invite even more children and families to participate in The Freedom Project.

3) GlobalGiving is giving away money

On Wednesday, June 12, every gift you make to The SOLD Project on GlobalGiving will be matched 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! Matching begins at 9 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out.

There's more to share, but that's enough excitement for one day. : )

Thank you for believing in us and giving so generously to support our mission. Your investments are changing an entire community, and we couldn't be more proud to partner with you.

With hope,

Michael

Celebration
Celebration
We won the 2nd annual Girl Effect Challenge!
We won the 2nd annual Girl Effect Challenge!

Hi friends!

2012 had a spectacular finish and 2013 is off to an amazing start. We’ve admitted 20 new students already this year and the Resource Center continues to hum with daily activity.

It's been nearly five years since we began working in northern Thailand to prevent child sexual exploitation through education, and it's so encouraging to see how far we've come.

One of the students in our program, now in college, returns every Saturday morning to teach computer classes to the younger students. Another university student helps lead our Saturday afternoon English classes. These kids, once at risk of being exploited themselves, are not only pursuing higher education, but are actively giving back to their community as role models and teachers!

This week, we’re scheduled to break ground on the new water tower many of you helped fund last year, and hope to begin construction on a (much needed!) second classroom building in early March.

Also, as you may have noticed, the results are in and it's official: YOU'RE THE BEST SUPPORTERS EVER!! The SOLD Project is part of The Girl Effect for 2013. :)

Here's what you accomplished:

  • 660 of you combined your resources and gave more than $18,000, enough all by itself to fund all our current educational programs in Thailand for more than four entire months!
  • Your generosity blew away the competition and The SOLD Project finished the Girl Effect Challenge in FIRST PLACE! This means that from now until November 30, 2013, our work will receive 8.3% (one twelfth) of all donations to The Girl Effect Fund. Since winning the challenge, SOLD has already received an additional $9,478.96 from the Girl Effect Fund!
  • You also elevated The SOLD Project to Superstar status on GlobalGiving! This means that we're now and forever considered a top-tier organization, making us eligible for corporate matching gifts, additional exposure, and other perks.

You've made us extremely happy and incredibly proud. Your continued outpouring of support means the world to us—and makes all the difference in the lives of the children we serve together in Thailand.

THANK YOU!!! We're lucky to have you on our team, and couldn't be more excited for the year ahead.

With hope,

Michael

 

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The Freedom Story

Location: Oakland, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Rachel Goble
A. Muang Chiang Rai, Thailand
$147,478 raised of $200,000 goal
 
2,270 donations
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