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The Freedom Story

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, International, International Human Rights, International Relief, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development

Mission: Our mission is to prevent child exploitation and trafficking 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 Freedom Story'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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

icimoses

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Bill S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and given to The Freedom Story for ten years, ever since I visited their resource center in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Since that time, I have watched this organization constantly learn, evolve, and share. Few NGOs achieve such incredible success in helping children (6-7% drop out rate vs. national average of 50%). The Freedom Story never rests on their success but is constantly adapting new and better practices in order to reach more at risk children. The mostly Thai staff and director are highly educated, accomplished, and effective and I have shared their knowledge with other organizations in the U.S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story is a strategic organization focused on measurable impact, results, and caring for vulnerable people. Their commitment to preventing trafficking, their model for prevention, and their ethical approach to telling stories is why I give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to visit The Freedom Story campus in Chiang Rai a few years ago. It was very easy to see that their impact was and is substantial. They have created such a wonderful environment that promotes personal growth through education and community building.

Chris S.13

Donor

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story is a thoughtfully run organization that does an amazing job working to prevent trafficking. Can’t speak highly enough about their passion, integrity, and on-the-ground work!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story is doing real preventative work in the fight against human trafficking in Thailand. Their children’s programs are inspiring. Supporting them has been a great pleasure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


The freedom story is a wonderful non-profit! I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for their events. They have a dedicated team of people who truly care about prevention through education in Thailand. They are doing amazing things!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story is so committed to financial transparency and sharing stories of those they serve with integrity and dignity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love The Freedom Story's ethical storytelling program as well as their ethical fundraising pledge. You can trust the marketing content they put out and I appreciate their commitment to child protection.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story is doing great work and doing it well. It was great to work with them and to get to know more about their programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Prevention work of any kind is not glamorous. It takes special individuals dedicated to the long haul who can see the power and potential in the slow daily grind. The Freedom Story is made up of exactly those kind of individuals.
I had the wonderful privilege of interning with The Freedom Story in Chiang Rai, Thailand this summer. After being involved with multiple non-profit organizations over the years, it was a breath of fresh air to work with an organization that was truly committed to ethical storytelling, localized leadership, sustainable economic practices, and holistic community development.
In a sea of international aid organizations that can often do more harm than good, The Freedom Story continues to be dedicated to re-evaluating it's methods and practices for true effectiveness that does no harm.

The smells and sounds of Chiang Rai city slowly fade as the "song tao" (two bench bus-truck) speedily makes its way out to the village where The Freedom Story's resource center is located. Through the small windows, I watch shop fronts turn into rice fields against the perfect backdrop of deep green mountains. It's rainy season and the heavy clouds sit low on the mountain tops, the mist curling around the tops of the trees. I get dropped off at the Wat (Buddhist temple) near the resource center and make my way up the road. I pass the Wat and the corn fields. I can't hear the sound of the road anymore. The still and quiet feels like its seeping into my skin. The warm breeze rustles the bamboo and banana leaves. A caterpillar crawls slowly across the road. I keep walking past the newly planted rice fields perfectly reflecting the cloud covered sky above. The road opens up to reveal the happy yellow building of the resource center, cozily nestled among the rice and corn. I love this moment of the day, it's like a warm and peaceful hug. I wonder if the kids have similar feelings when they make their way here after school. I don't know for sure, but I hope so. What I do know for sure is that The Freedom Story's resource center almost effortlessly makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. That is a difficult thing to conjure up in a program, but is easy to achieve when care and acceptance flow naturally from each individual staff.
I hope The Freedom Story never stops being exactly this for everyone who enters it's walls.

Amy P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm often skeptical of NGOs after getting an inside look at a very misguided organization in India. I volunteered at the Freedom Story (by way of The Light Space) for three months, spending a few days a week at their city center, meeting nearly every child/family served by the organization while photographing them for a family day, as well as also spending several days sitting in the office surrounded by staff members at their resource center.

What I found were children who had a safe place to play after school, programs running with mentorship and educational support and what appeared to be genuine joy (not performative like you may find in other organizations).

I think you can trace this back to the source, with a Thai staff that is extremely open and caring (I have not had a chance to meet the US staff, aside from the founder). In my three months, I did not meet a single person at The Freedom Story who seemed to just be "doing a job". There was that same genuine joy emanating from the office.

I am also very proud of their direction and leadership in teaching ethical practices in storytelling. Overall, I highly recommend The Freedom Story!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi. I am Sanjoy Bose ,an art practitioner from Kolkata,India . The month of mid May to mid August,2017 is considered to be the memorable days of my life. Painting a wall mural with the kids of The Freedom Story under the lush green mountain surrounded by the green paddy fields was a dream came true. I was astonished and excited by the amazing imagination of the kids. The location of the organisation , the consultants of the organisation,the caregivers.....all are just amazing. I was speechless......just awesome. I really feel lucky to be a part and a volunteer of The Freedom Story and also have a loads of honour and gratitude for the respect and love they gave me. Miss them so so much. Love to work with them any time,any where.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering with The Freedom Story in Chiang Rai, Thailand and have nothing but positive sentiments to share. This organization is comprised of the most caring, passionate, and conscientious individuals who are wholeheartedly invested in the work they do and people they serve. Although they touch many, many lives, they treat each person with the individualized care, attention, and respect that would be given to family. In addition, great care is taken to ensure that all practices and initiatives are sustainable, culturally relevant, and ethical. As a volunteer, I especially appreciated the emphasis that was placed on ensuring that I was a good match for the organization and community and would be able to utilize my individual skillset to genuinely contribute to the cause, rather than placing an undue burden on the system. I have the utmost respect for all involved with The Freedom Story and will continue to support this incredible organization for years and years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a Social Work Intern at the The Freedom Story completing my senior internship for my University in the US. The Freedom Story is fighting the child trafficking problem in a holistic way that works. The staff are all caring and compassionate individuals, that are using their skills and knowledge to enrich the lives that they interact with. The Freedom Story is constantly evaluating their practices to make sure that they are making an impact. They use research-informed practice which further confirms the work that they are doing. The Freedom Story is also doing important work on increasing mental health awareness which can be commonly overlooked. I have enjoyed my time at The Freedom Story and gained a lot of useful knowledge.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Freedom Story in the past and attended several of their events. They truly support a good cause and have an amazing staff to help further their mission in preventing child exploitation. Thank you for all you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Freedom Story takes a distinct role in the area of human trafficking; it seeks to prevent it altogether. Through education and mentoring, The Freedom Story scholarships at-risk children to complete their education thus giving them opportunities to fulfill their dreams. The staff also mentors them and their families not just with school issues but with daily life and needs. Sustainability projects give help to supplement their meager incomes. I have seen Freedom Story in person, in action and have seen the fruit of their labor in helping children thrive in an uncertain world in Thailand. As a board member, I know Freedom Story uses every dollar responsibly and with integrity in providing tangible hope for these young people and their families.

Peggy58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity with a cause that pulls at all of our heart strings. I'm glad to be a small part of it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting The Freedom Story (formerly known as The SOLD Project) for several years now. I have watched it grow from the early days as a film project, to a nationally recognized and respected non profit doing valued and important work. I have traveled to Thailand twice where I've seen the importance of trafficking prevention, met the students and staff involved in Freedom, and seen the difference this organization has made in Northern Thailand. Can't imagine a more deserving organization of my dollars.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Freedom Story at many of their events in the past couple of years. The work they do is remarkable and I love their transparency. I would highly recommend getting involved with this non-profit as they are truly making a difference in the lives of their students and families.

Satvika K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience at The Freedom Story was exceptional. I received a tremendous amount of support from the organization throughout my journey in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The staff at the resource centers were always supportive, and I loved working with the children. I would recommend this organization for its great work in prevention of trafficking in Thailand.