The SOLD Project
Rating: 4.96 stars 57 57 reviews
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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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.
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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.
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.
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%.