The SOLD Project

Rating: 4.95 stars   37 reviews

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Location: 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
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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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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  

This is a fantastic organization. The founders are active and directly involved in the work. The program is making measurable differences. The money goes directly to the youth at risk. Every dollar makes a difference. I couldn't recommend this organization enough.

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I first became a volunteer for a SOLD fundraiser. As I learned more about SOLD and how they offer education and mentorship to those at risk of being trafficked, I wanted to get a closer look so I went to Thailand to visit the Resource Center firsthand. So great to see the joy in the faces of these students who get a chance to dream about a future and learn how to be safe from traffickers! Made me totally convinced prevention is key! After I returned I was asked to serve on the Board which I gladly am honored to do!

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Expand to other cities as resources become available.

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2014

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I have been a donor to SOLD for awhile. Giving all children an opportunity to stay in school should be a given, but when families are poor, the children get put to work instead of getting educated. This is what makes Thai girls vulnerable to sex traffickers. If I can aid in keeping a child in school, and help prevent them from being sold into the sex industry, I would say that is money well spent. But what cemented my belief in this organization was my actual visit to Thailand to see these students first hand. To see their joy in how SOLD is educating them and helping them dream about a future is remarkable. SOLD is helping to raise the next generation of nurses and teachers and business owners by keeping them out of the sex trade.

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I would like to see this program duplicated in many more small villages where trafficking is an issue.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of my favorite organizations to support. Love how their focus is on the real needs, not building a big staff in the States. Well thought through approach to a complex issue, and the focus on prevention is where the real impact can be made. Five stars isn't enough!

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2008

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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.

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

An incredible organization, doing good work, putting all of their resources to work in the right way. Had the opportunity to visit Thailand with them last year and was very impressed. Can't say enough good about the work being done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't speak highly enough of the work of The Sold Project. I was privileged to spend ten days in Thailand with the Sold team, seeing first hand the ground breaking work they are pioneering in the field of prevention of child prostitution. I believe the programs and model Sold are developing could be replicated throughout Asia and in other parts of the world, educating and supporting communities where a high percentage of children are at risk of being trafficked or coerced into child prostitution as a result of poverty, lack of education and support. Since returning to Australia, it has been an honor to use my platform as a communicator to be an advocate for Sold and to financially support the work their team are doing.
Adrian
Melbourne, Australia

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ensure that they receive the funding and support needed to grow in effectiveness and influence throughout other parts of Thailand and in other nations throughout Asia and beyond.

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