The SOLD Project
Rating: 4.96 stars 53 53 reviews 2,827
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
To prevent children from ending up in a life of exploitation and to share their stories to inspire creative, compassionate people to act, the sold project offered education scholarships to children at-risk to help keep them in school as well as other necessary programs to aid in prevention. During 2014, the organization provided scholarships to 115 children. Also these children were offered with after school programs, tutoring, computer classes, weekend english classes and weekly creative writing classes, as well as trafficking awareness programs and community trainings yearly at the organization's resource center in chiang rai, thailand. These programs are all being implemented by local staff passionate about education and the future of these children. In 2014, 99% of students graduated from 9th grade and many went on to high school and even university. Hosted an activist awareness trip in january 2014 to educate professionals and people of influence on the importance of prevention efforts to aid in the protection of children at risk of exploitation.
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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 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.
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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.
The SOLD Project is an incredible non-profit with a unique mission. The SOLD Project works on the prevention side of human trafficking. The SOLD Project provides scholarships to students in Thailand who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity for a quality education. Acquiring an education is necessary to avoid getting pulled into the trafficking world. SOLD is doing great work and is aimed at giving all children and youth a chance at a life of dignity.
I was an intern for The SOLD Project for three months. During my time I not only worked with talented individuals, but grew from them as well. I grew in deeper relationship, communication, professionalism and my love for their cause. The SOLD Project works toward preventing sex trafficking in a unique way that gravitates to your heart.
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.