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DEC 12
07:57 PM

The SOLD Project End of Year Event 2014

Monday night was unforgettable. We hosted our 5th Annual Dessert Party at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California and not only doubled our attendance from last year but sold out the entire event. We raised more than $10,000 to support prevention of child exploitation in Thailand through generous individual donors, silent auction items, wine cork draw and gifts for good. Thank you to our special guests Ken Wytsma, Founder of The Justice Conference and author of Pursing Justice: The Call to Live and Die For Bigger Things as well as Tawee Donchai, Thailand Founder for The SOLD Project.?

We honored Bill Stauffer with the 2014 FREEDOM Award.?The FREEDOM Award Recipient is a person that advocates for the mission...

NOV 29
02:43 AM

3 Ways to Give the Gift of Social Justice

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Looking for ways to incorporate the gift of freedom into your giving this year? Whether you're on the hunt for gifts for your social justice minded friends and family, or you want to find ways to share your love of The SOLD Project with your loved ones, we have three great options to get you started! (Images are links to each option.)

!. Donate $25+ and receive a wrapped ornament to share

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2. Buy directly from SOLD's merch shop and proceeds go to benefit SOLD programs

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?3. Buy any Amazon product through our Amazon affiliate link and 0.5% of your purchase will go to SOLD

NOV 23
05:56 AM

Taking Nothing For Granted

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I recently invited two of our top scholarship students to spend a weekend at my home in Chiang Mai, where I could treat them to special activities tailored to their interests. One student has been studying French and is a budding Francophile?her, I invited so I could share French movies with Thai subtitles, fresh baked pastries by a local French chef and his wife, and a dinner out for her first taste of French cuisine. The other student had mentioned her dream to study at an American university, so I gave her books for the TOEFL exam and dedicated time to discussing the ins and outs...

NOV 20
10:46 PM

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Give a gift that keeps giving. For each donation of $25 + you'll receive a SOLD ornament with a customizable Christmas Card for you to gift.

How To Gift:

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1. Choose an amount ($25+) to give in your loved one's honor. We'll send you a card and ornament for each donation over $25.

2. Give the ornament and card to your friend or family so that they can see the impact that their gift is making.

3. Provide prevention of child exploitation through education, resources, mentorship, awareness and sustainability.

Shipping information: Gifts are mailed Monday - Friday. Orders received M-F before 4PM PST will be shipped same day Priority Mail. Weekend donations will be shipped Monday. Thank...

NOV 12
05:18 PM

Want to Change the World? Sponsor Education.

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Every year The SOLD Project admits twenty new students into our scholarship program: and these students need sponsors! The scholarship program, just one part of our multi-faceted prevention program, acts as the 'bridge' to building relationships with our students and their families. By offering a scholarship to a student the cost of school is unburdened from the family, and that student then becomes connected to the Resources, Awareness and Mentorship that SOLD offers. In other words, scholarship, or education, is the first step towards prevention.

A student receives a scholarship for as long as they continue to study. The Thailand National drop out rate shows that...

SEP 27
09:37 PM

Supporting the Dream

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This post comes from an activist vision trip attendee, Christine Rose, sharing her reflections on her time spent with us at The SOLD Project. Thank you Christine!

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?We become 3-dimensional to one another when we realize that our struggles are the same, even as they look different.? ? Darling Magazine, Anthropology

When I speak with young people in the most rural areas of Thailand, it is clear that there are more similarities than differences between our cultures.? They long for safety, security, education and opportunity, just as we long for these items for our own children.? Perhaps in their situation...

SEP 21
06:06 AM

Teen Pregnancy Rate on the Rise

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A recent article in?The Bangkok Post?shared findings from a report that pregnancy in women under the age of 20 is on the rise.?This troubling trend is something that we, at The SOLD Project, have tried to combat through sex health & healthy relationship awareness programs, counseling services, and mentorship of our scholarship students. But it is be an uphill battle.

One problem we face is the culture of silence and shame around this issue. If a teenage girl falls pregnant, the immediate reaction is to hide her away and not let anyone know. Following on the heels of that is often a forced marriage to further hide the shame. This is...

SEP 12
05:58 AM

On Serving the Unquantifiable: Interview with Ken Wytsma

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Our Social Media Intern, Vanessa Ashley, recently interviewed Board Member Ken Wytsma. We'd love to share some of his thoughts on service, education, and the intersection of faith and justice.

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What inspired you to get involved with the SOLD project??

I have four daughters, and so for me the issue of gender violence and exploitation hits home that way. It?s not a hard stretch to empathize into that particular subset of justice issues. For quite a long time that has been a specific thing that?s been on my heart- how to be a part of something that goes deeper in regards to helping young vulnerable girls. Then just knowing...

SEP 05
01:28 PM

Not Just Staying Alive...Choosing to Live

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Suki* used to stay home every single day. After school, she would curl up for a nap or to spend hours in front of the TV. Not by choice, but because her family insisted upon it for her health. All her life, they told her that playing with other children or otherwise exerting herself would cause her health to deteriorate. Being outside and having fun would hurt her, they said. Suki is HIV-positive.

But Suki did have a friend, Pleng*, who is one of our scholarship students. Pleng eventually convinced Suki to come to SOLD. There were openings for scholarships available, and Pleng convinced her friend...

AUG 13
08:12 PM

Tony Campolo Supports The SOLD Project

It was a great joy and honor to host Tony Campolo at The SOLD Project's U.S. Headquarters in the Bay Area yesterday. It was a beautiful time of sharing stories about justice and why prevention of child exploitation is the key to battling human trafficking. Tony is an American sociologist, pastor,?author, public speaker and former spiritual advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton.?Campolo is a popular commentator on religious, political, and social issues, and has been a guest on programs such as The Colbert Report, Larry King Live, Nightline, Crossfire, and many more.

Tony inspired SOLD supporters with his belief in the work of SOLD and shared countless stories of his own work in fighting injustice for vulnerable children...

AUG 10
02:35 AM

Stirring of the Child's Imagination: Two Volunteers Lead SOLD Kids in Artistic Expression

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This past month, there were TWO volunteers, Zoey and Amanda, who arrived separately to help out at the Resource Center by leading fun activities for the kids concerning Emotional Expression Through Art and Graphic Design/Typography respectively. Each activity they have lead has been great artistic and mental stimulation for the kids. It has been a joy for us to watch the creativity flow.

Zoey's big project with the kids was to design a creature that embodies an emotion--positive or negative--and place that creature into a landscape that will react to the creature's presence based on the emotion it represents. Then the kids were to...

JUL 26
07:28 AM

SEE FEEL CREATE: TAKE 2

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One of our former volunteers, Zoey Hart, was so inspired by her time spent with The SOLD Project that she took activities that she created for the kids to a whole new level and turned her ideas and experiences into a book! Here, Zoey shares her thoughts and ?perspective. Please check out her awesome ebook (link below)!

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To many, Thailand is known as ?The Land of Smiles?. The overwhelming generosity, kindness and gentle manner of locals interacting with Western visitors often drives this point home, allowing tourists, students, volunteers and other travelers to return home with albums full of smiling faces and kind...