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.
I have traveled with President Rachel Goble to Thailand two times now and seen first hand the work The Sold Project is doing to transform the community in Northern Thailand. The staff members are the heart and soul of the organization. They are passionate about positively impacting the individuals they serve, and believe that education is key to changing the lives of the children and their families. The team is cohesive, innovative, and consistently looking for ways to be more effective in ending childhood prostitution and trafficking in Northern Thailand.
As someone who has been involved in many different types of volunteering, I will say the The SOLD Project is by far, one of the best. I believe in creating positive, sustainable solutions to the world's problems and SOLD does just that. Not only do they employ 95% local staff, they are incredibly committed to these kids and their futures. The first day I volunteered with them, I walked in on their art class. The kids were given a blank canvas to draw different mandalas; explaining their thought process afterwards. They had so much fun and it created a enjoyable, safe learning space for everyone. SOLD provides the resources for the kids to be creative and also encourages them to be unique and assertive. As an English and music teacher volunteer, I feel that the kids are directly benefiting from the presence of SOLD in their community. These high school kids show up on their days off to spend time with the staff and to partake in fun, creative and life-skill building activities. On their day off!! The staff is not only their support system, but their friends; their confidants. Such a wonderful nonprofit and one that focus on prevention, which I find unique and interesting. I am so thrilled to continue to volunteer for SOLD over the next few months while I am still living in Thailand. Two thumbs up!
The SOLD Project is providing hope in Thailand through prevention. By mentoring, encouraging, and financially enabling children to get an education, opportunities are opened for the kids and families to help end the cycle of trafficking.
Have beening knowing, learning and being able to help with The SOLD Project. It is a wonderful project and thank you for being a wonderful for the children and the communities. Thank you for making a great different in the world.
While volunteering with The SOLD Project, I felt myself genuinely growing alongside the kids and the staff present. There is a palpable energy of goodness that surrounds the entire center, and the most important thing is their clear communication about their mission and who they are looking out for most- children at risk for exploitation. The entire staff was welcoming, warm, and genuinely fun to work with- and their understanding of their organization's goals was impressive and vital to how smoothly things run. I'd give it 6 out of 5 if I could!
Working with the SOLD Project has been a great experience not only for me personally, but also for the students that I brought to experience what SOLD Project is all about. The SOLD Project staff comprising of mostly full-time locals who are passionate and committed to the values, mission and goals of the organization is evident through their work and their attitude.
Most recently I brought a group of 24 students from Hong Kong to volunteer and serve in whatever capacity that we could used in. We were able to be utilized by going in with them to work at a local school and put on an educational camp with a mixture of English and Mandarin language lessons, art lessons, and fun and games for 3 three days, as well as having a fun day with the scholarship students at the SOLD Project rural centre. We were also able to help them move into their new, stunning city resource centre which is heavily utilized by their high school students. Overall the trip was very educational and everyone had a great time together.
As a result of this experience we were able to learn about trafficking in Thailand and what they do in means of prevention (which is unique and completely essential) to combat trafficking through education and mentorship. SOLD Project has developed and strives to continue to develop this program in new and innovative ways that other industries and organizations can learn from.
Not only about did we learn about their methodology for using education and prevention work, we learned about their community development work to enhance the already existent cultural fabric to make it stronger. Their works in sustainable development and their utilization of resources is incredible and innovative. Their humble approach to learn along with the surrounding community with their endeavours only legitimizes their cause and adds to their success overall. They are a focused non-parental organization that looks to partner with other organizations for the common cause to strengthen individuals, families and communities which is commendable.
I strongly support what SOLD Project is doing and their vision for the future, and I am deeply grateful for the experiences of working along side them and learning from them.
I came on as a volunteer with The SOLD Project in November, 2015. The work they do in Northern Thailand is necessary to combat the problem of trafficking young girls and boys into the sex industry. They are a prevention program, so instead of providing services and after care, they tackle the problem before it even starts - with education. The SOLD Project started as a scholarship program, giving girls and boys the funds to provide them with an education through university level. Once educated, the students have more opportunities and choices with how they live their lives. They can make decisions about what they want to do and be successful. Over time, it has grown to be so much more. The SOLD Project has a mentor program that allows students to connect with and trust staff to help and support them. They provide resources through 2 resource centers, which allows the kids to have access to books, education, computers, programs, mentors, etc. The staff are amazing, inspiring, positive, uplifting, energetic, and forever giving their hearts to the kids and the programs. They make a difference in the lives of the kids and always put the children first. The program is continuing to grow with a prevention program and a sustainability program. The prevention program allows staff to go into the communities and educate them on things like child abuse, legal rights, and leadership. One of their scholarship students even went to law school and is now back working as the legal adviser. The sustainability program has helped bring income to the villages through organic farming and silkworm production and sales. They also teach the communities about chemical free farming and using natural dyes. The programs are efficient and productive because they are run by Thai staff and who know the needs and can provide the best services! They partner with other organizations and stay involved in professional development and learning. I feel lucky to have been a part of working with this organization.
I have been supporting The SOLD Project for about 7 years, loving their work and mission. I had some major life changes and decided I wanted to work overseas. I went through their application and noticed they required me to read and study voluntourism. I loved their candid approach and honesty in looking for volunteers and applied immediately. The next thing I knew, I got rid of all of my things in the States and was on a plane to Thailand.
Being in Thailand allowed me to see first hand the work and passion they have put into everything. I worked with the students and heard of how The SOLD Project's programs changed their lives.
Really, one of the best things working with The SOLD Project has been working directly with the President, Rachel Goble. Her pure passion gets everyone excited and on board. And her desire for ethical storytelling, where the subject and the reader are respected in how the story is being told, challenges the way nonprofit work is done.
I honestly can't stop saying enough nice things about the organization as a whole because I have only see amazing, honorable work being done with loving hearts.
I interned for The SOLD Project last summer, and I had a wonderful experience working with their team. The organization is very well run and effectively organized to maximize the positive impact they make through their work. The team has such passion for what they are doing and they approach every new project with positivity and determination. My internship with them changed the course of my life because it inspired me to apply for a Fulbright to teach English in Thailand. I am so thankful to The SOLD Project for all that they do.
I've worked with a number of people on the SOLD Team in a variety of capacities. The organization has put together an incredible group of individuals, committed to the mission of the group and extremely capable of effective action. They have done and will continue to do great things for the people and institutions they interact with.