The Sold Project
Rating: 4.96 stars 47 47 reviews 2,423
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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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.
The SOLD project is a nonprofit organization with a proactive and holistic prevention model. Due to poverty and the existence of many ethnic minority groups, Northern Thailand is known as a breeding ground for children who fall into prostitution. Many children are not able to receive the education needed to find sustainable work and are easily lured into the sex industry. Many organizations focus on rescue and rehabilitation of sexually exploited children in Thailand. Here at The SOLD Project, we focus on prevention to help ensure that children are never exploited to begin with. SOLD has identified key factors that place a child at risk—like poverty, lack of education, and the absence of positive role models. My 5 week internship at The SOLD project as part of my Master in Public Health curriculum, was a wonderful and eye-opening experience. I realized that there is so much we can do here to help people around the world. Although I didn’t get the opportunity to meet the Thailand staff, it is amazing how there is a sense of comradery, mainly from the fact that we all have the same focus. The staff and interns at the Pleasanton office are extremely knowledgeable, passionate and so involved with prevention of child exploitation in Thailand that I know they will truly make a difference in the lives of the families in Thailand.
As a home health occupational therapist, my job is to work patients in their home environment to increase their safety and independence. This job is hands on and every facet of what they need to do at home to function safely is evaluated to ensure that we are providing the best care that we can. Although the population with The SOLD project is in Thailand, many parallels are evident. With both target population, our goal is to provide the best care that we can and treat each person as an individual. We need to assess their support network, as well as their current living situation to determine the best intervention. Our goal is to maximize their quality of life and have them succeed in things that are relevant to them.
Education is a valuable tool because the knowledge that you gain can never be taken away from you. For the children in Thailand to be successful in life and to develop the resiliency to never being exploited, they will need the skills and knowledge from the classroom. Since their social interactions will also play a large role in what they will end up doing in life, the more girls and boys who have completed their education, the stronger and larger this circle will be. As there is always a strength in numbers, this will definitely help put an end of child exploitation.
For more information about SOLD, please check out www.thesoldproject.org. For ways to get involved, please check out http://thesoldproject.com/get-involved.aspx. The money you spend on a cup of coffee each day is enough to change a child’s life in Thailand.