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The Sold Project

Rating: 4.95 stars   38 reviews 2,245

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education, International

Address:

3037-T Hopyard Road Pleasanton CA 94588 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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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925-452-7653
www.thesoldproject.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was the social media intern for a few months in the spring, and fell in love with The SOLD Project. Rachel and her team work unbelievably hard to prevent human trafficking. Although SOLD does most of it's hands on work in Thailand, the home team in California is bringing awareness of the problem to local communities. The mission of SOLD is that I value greatly!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took some time a couple of years back to volunteer with SOLD and have kept in touch with them since them. Their purpose and vision for the communities that they work with is clear, and I have seen first hand the great job the local staff do on the ground in Chiang Rai.

Prevention is an extremely important area of human trafficking and the work the SOLD do is truly beneficial for the people that they work with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with 'The SOLD Project' was incredible. I learned so much and was so inspired by their community development work that I am now at University completing a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. I loved the way in which they engaged with the community with predominantly local staff, addressed the communities needs, and then implemented these needs as best as they could. Their work is so simple yet so effective. Deliver educational needs throughout a child's life and in turn prevent that child from being trafficked. I spent around 5 months of my own time working with SOLD late 2011, and although now I would do things slightly different, my experience there was one of growth...and SOLD nurtured that.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SOLD Project have clearly identified the core of the trafficking problem...Education. They have taken quite a simple approach to a complex issue and it is having a truly beneficial impact on the communities they are working with. They are giving these children an opportunity in life that they may otherwise not have had, this in itself is a miracle for some families.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I came across the team at The SOLD Project, I was impressed by both their vibrant energy & commitment as well as their sensitivity & flexibility with working with the local culture and responding to the situation on the ground. Even the best ideas cannot succeed unless you have local buy in and the open mindedness necessary to adapt. The staff always put the kids first and encourage them to be the dreamers and changers of their world.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The mission and success of the Sold Project is truly a testament to the amazing staff and founder. This program and school are working to bring education, choices and success to young people who previously had no future. Good job, Sold! You're making a solid difference. Keep up the amazing work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that the sold project has continued to do is nothing short of miraculous. I hope that the team at the sold project keeps their passion for stopping slavery and sex trafficking so they can continue to do good work for years until we see the end of this practice.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The commitment and tenacity of this group amazes me. They are focused on dignity and humanity. The organization helps rebuild and save lives. No one deserves to be sold.

I wish I could help by donating more. The SOLD Project deserves recognition for their approach to solve the atrocities of being SOLD.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter of The SOLD Project for many years. I have volunteered at their US office and visited their location in Northern Thailand. The staff are all knowledgeable and responsible and really care about the work they do. They manage their resources efficiently and responsibly. They are transparent and their work uses a sustainable model to prevent the very real problem of child sex trafficking.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered summer of 2011 with The SOLD Project at their U.S. office. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I get first hard exposure to how an effective non-profit works, I also had the opportunity to be hands on in helping them effectively work to stop child exploitation. They are some of the most professional, passionate, hardworking people I have met. I also had the chance in 2012 to visit their Resource Center in Thailand. It was an unforgettable trip! Meeting the kids who's lives have been changed by the work of The SOLD Project was amazing. You can tell that SOLD's presence has made such a difference in the community and that the local people are really on board with SOLD's vision. I cannot recommend The SOLD Project enough! A great cause by some great people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome cause with awesome and very kind hearted people helping to prevent sex trafficking. I'm very happy to be volunteering for them and I hope more people can learn more about this nonprofit.

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