The SOLD Project
Rating: 4.96 stars 47 47 reviews 2,706
337 17th Street Suite 102 Oakland CA 94612 USA
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.
As of 2013, 140 students are receiving a scholarship from The SOLD Project's FREEDOM fund, allowing them to stay in school. To date we have a 90% enrollment rate in a region with statistics that show 50% of students to drop out at grade 6.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
140 children at-risk and the communities they live in
Geographic areas served:
Chiang Rai, THAILAND
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My husband and I live in Chiang Rai and have been supporters of The SOLD Project since their beginning. We have been deeply impressed with the integrity, intelligence and dedication of the SOLD Project's founders and staff. They not only raise money to keep at risk children in school, they involve the parents and families, teaching them how to manage donated funds for the childrens' education. They provide after school educational activities in a safe environment. They care deeply about each child and we have seen them go to great lengths to help at risk children.
One of the children that has been supported by the SOLD Project since their beginning, now lives with us and has shared her experiences with us. She is very focused on her education, and has described how her life has evolved with the support and guidance of the SOLD Project.
The SOLD Project's only agenda is to keep children safe and to support their education as a means to a stable and productive life. We greatly admire the work they are doing and can see that they are truly making a difference in the lives of many children.
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The SOLD Project is doing a tremendous amount of good for many children in Chiang Rai, Thailand. They are a well-run, non-sectarian organization that successfully keeps children in school in an area that formerly had a significant problem with young people leaving school and their families to become prostitutes, due to extreme poverty. While school is "free" in Thailand, there are associated expenses (such as mandatory school uniforms) that discourage many poor families. The SOLD Project involves the parents and helps each family manage the money contributed for their child to ensure the child is able to stay in school. They also provide valuable after school programs. We have visited their facility and were deeply impressed with their interactions with the children and their parents. My husband and I intend to continue to support this exceptional organization. Lisa Moses
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I have participated in several events as a volunteer for The Sold Project and they all have been wonderful experiences. Such kind and caring people who are truly making a difference in the world.
I interned for SOLD last summer and it was a life changing experience. SOLD is an amazing organisation full of compassionate intelligent people who truly care for the kids they are helping. SOLD helps empower kids with education and mentorship in order to help them succeed and thrive rather than fall into the all too common path of exploitation. SOLD is truly a grassroots non profit that starts with the Thai people's needs first.
I have gone to numerous events they have hosted. I love their mission and purpose. The company is such a loving and caring group of hardworking individuals that give of themselves selflessly.
The Sold Project is an amazing organization doing critical work to stop the exploitation of at-risk children. The staff have extreme passion for social justice and are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of as many children as they can. Their holistic programs are wildly successful and offer true hope for the children of Thailand - it is an honor to be a donor and support this organization on a monthly basis.
A trustworthy organization led by fantastic folks working to prevent human trafficking.
Watching the SOLD Project grow over the years has been an exciting journey as they directly impact the lives of vulnerable youth. Their transparency makes it easy to feel personally involved in their work and their growth, and see how every donation is making an impact. Regular reports from the field and opportunities to deepen one's involvement keeps supporters engaged and aware of the important work they're doing to prevent sex trafficking, and every time I see an email or post from the SOLD Project I know it has depth and substance. Having been able to work closely with the SOLD team, I've always been amazed by the strength of their resolve and passion for the work they're doing and the youth they work with. The SOLD Project stands out as a non-profit that works tirelessly and directly in the field focused on improving the lives of each of their students on an individual level, building up the communities around them, and raising awareness of the issue of sex trafficking at a broad level, striking a powerful balance between field work and awareness-raising that few organizations have been able to achieve.
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After I sold my small business I wanted to do something to give back. Years...decades ago I had done a thesis on the sex tourism industry in Thailand and I wanted to volunteer with an organization that did work in Asia to help girls and boys stay out and/or get out of being prostituted. I interviewed with 6 or more NGOs and visited all of them. I settled on The Sold Project for several reasons. First, sold is constantly evolving and improving their prevention strategies in order to help as many children as possible. Additionally, most of the staff is Thai and are better positioned to understand and help Thai children. Sold is also not afraid to bring new strategies to prevention such as therapy and counseling services. Sold's success is validated in its numbers....a drop out rate that went from over 50% to less than 7%.
The SOLD Project's number one priority is the lives of the children they serve. They're a true model for cross-cultural work and development, learning from each member in their collective mix of cultural, social, and religious diversity. They're open to learning, changing, and growing, and they've proven the power that education has in transforming the lives of vulnerable children, opening up new opportunities for individual success and communal transformation.
My experience at The SOLD Project has been amazing. The SOLD Project focuses on the prevention of child exploitation. The organization has identified several risk factors that make a child vulnerable to exploitation and then uses programs such as trafficking awareness programs, mentorships, and scholarships for education to help stop the cycle of exploitation before it ever begins. The organization is filled with kind, honest people that are dedicated to the cause.