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We’ve Moved!

July 21, 2013

The SOLD Project is excited to announce our website has gotten a makeover! We think you’ll find the spirit of SOLD remains the same with the new look, but we’ve tweaked things a bit to update our look, organize things a little more clearly, and have more things available at your fingertips–like a better shopping experience for SOLD merchandise…AND…

OUR BLOG!

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Now, instead of having to come to wordpress to keep up with The SOLD Project’s news and updates, you can find it all directly on our website at: http://thesoldproject.com/blog!

We’ve already started posting over there, with our “Launching ‘Travel With Us'” post, which announced our brand new video. (If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you click over and check it out now!!) So, changes are effective immediately!

But that does mean goodbye to our wordpress blog…

SO BE SURE TO UPDATE YOUR RSS FEEDS NOW!!

To do so, add this to your feed reader: http://thesoldproject.com/blog/rss

Do it while you’re thinking about it now (because if it were me, I’d totally forget!), and we’ll see you back at the home site, http://thesoldproject.com!

Launching “Travel With Us”

July 9, 2013

The SOLD Project is proud to announce the launch of one of two brand new videos (the second one, a longer piece, will be released in September), in celebration of our 5 year anniversary!

Travel With Us :: A Short Visual Poem from The SOLD Project on Vimeo.

“Travel With Us” is a visual poem told through a compilation of documentary footage captured in urban and rural Thailand by The SOLD Project team in order to raise awareness for our work to harness the power of education and mentorship to prevent at-risk children from falling prey to the lures of prostitution and sexual servitude.

Along with the video, we are offering the sale of limited edition prints. Your purchase of a signed and numbered FREEDOM Series print helps us in breaking the cycle of victimization for good—one child, one family, one community at a time. Our hope is that these visuals act as a constant reminder of the potential for individuals to have an impact greater than themselves.

Will you join us? Help us and become a part of the movement to end the exploitation of children.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE ASKING FROM OUR SUPPORTERS:

If you believe in what The SOLD Project does, please

BUY A PRINT, available at our shop: http://thesoldproject.storenvy.com/ (All proceeds go directly to funding SOLD’s prevention programs.)

AND

SHARE THIS VIDEO and our mission with at least 10 other people (via email, on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.)

Change is coming. The earth shifts and we are moving with it, forging a destiny of freedom. Walk the path with us. Join the movement to end slavery.

Because none of us travels alone.

Ember Arts Recognizes Our Rachel Goble

July 5, 2013

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Ember Arts, a family business oriented towards humanitarian aid, creates and sells beautiful, tasteful jewelry, like this piece, to support women in Uganda. Ember Arts has partnered with 28 Ugandan women, all survivors of war and poverty, who handmake every piece of their jewelry from recycled paper. The women use the money they earn from these sales to pursue dreams of educating their children, building homes, or starting their own businesses. It’s no stretch to say that this kind of opportunity and endeavor brings benefits to their families and to their communities.

Twice a year, Ember Arts selects a new woman hero, a woman they recognize for making great strides in helping to make the world a better place. This month, they have selected The SOLD Project’s Rachel Goble as their hero.

CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR FABULOUS ARTICLE ON RACHEL!

What’s more, for the month of July, they will donate 50% of all sales from their online store to support the work we do here at SOLD.

So read the article, check out their beautiful products, and know that your purchase this month can go towards helping both women in Uganda and the children in northern Thailand!

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Congratulations, Rachel!! And many, many thanks to the fantastic team at Ember Arts!

Meet Kate!

June 30, 2013

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The SOLD Project family is growing! Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue introducing you to the newest additions to our family. Today, we’d like you to meet Ketsara (Kate) Thutsunti, who has recently joined our Resource Center staff as Prevention Program Manager.

KateKetsara’s previous work experience at the Office of Child Protective Services in Thailand felt like a natural transition to her work here at The SOLD Project. Kate first connected with The SOLD Project through the prevention and awareness program, where she had previously led seminars on protecting children living in abusive situations. “Because I have a strong desire to work in the area of child protective services, working with The SOLD Project seems like an opportunity put into place by God–by His perfect plan.”

Kate feels that it is important to focus on antitrafficking issues as an avenue to prevent further abuse and mistreatment of children. In her own words, “Any organization that can help protect children in abusive situations is very valuable. Through my own experience, those who work to protect children in unsafe situations and fight to give them a new and better life are also blessed with the peace of God.” Kate views the work that The SOLD Project is doing in Thailand as vital to protecting children already in abusive situations as well as in preventative work. She sees the importance of working directly in the community and getting to know SOLD students individually in order to recognize what struggles they are each facing.

“For many students,” says Kate, “they end up living in unsafe situations because they can no longer continue on in their education due to a lack of financial support. Providing scholarships for these students to study is one simple solution for protecting these students from walking down dangerous paths.”

When asked why she wants to work with SOLD in preventing human trafficking, she said:

“[I want] to work in child protective services by focusing on anti-trafficking issues as a way to prevent the further abuse and mistreatment of women and children. Organizations such as The SOLD Project are few and far between and necessary in combating the issues of child trafficking in Thailand. Any organization that can help protect children in abusive situations is very valuable. Through my own experience, those who work to protect children in unsafe situations and fight to give them a new and better life are also blessed with the peace of God.

I see the work of The SOLD Project as vital to protecting children living in abusive situations. When given the opportunity to work directly in the community it is easy to see many problems that young people experience, especially in regards to education. For many students, they end up living in unsafe situations because they can no longer continue on in their education due to a lack of financial support. Providing scholarships for these students to study is one simple solution for protecting these students from walking down dangerous paths. If we are going to help care for children at risk, the best way to do so is holistically–which is the mission of The SOLD Project.”

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I desire for all of the kids to be aware of the unexpected dangers that face them as children.  I want them to study hard and have responsibility in their community according to what is expected at their age. Moreover, I want them to respect themselves and others and truly understand the value of life so that they can take care of themselves and protect themselves against any danger that may appear.
–Kate

We are lucky to have such a talented, committed, and experienced member on our staff! We’d also like to extend a special thank you to One Day’s Wages for hosting a matching gift campaign that allowed us to fundraise $5,000 to host two family camps/awareness campaigns (one in 2013 and one in 2014)–events which introduced us to Kate’s hard work and skill in handling issues of child protection.

Meet Bobby Bailey

June 26, 2013

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The SOLD Project family is growing! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to the newest additions to our family. Today, we’d like you to meet Bobby Bailey, who has recently joined our Board of Directors.

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Bobby Bailey is no stranger to the world of aid work. A talented filmmaker and photographer, he co-founded Invisible Children (IC), which you might remember produced a video that went viral, drawing worldwide attention, in 2012, to the abuses of Kony and the LRA in Uganda. In co-founding the not-for-profit Invisible Children, Bailey sought to create an ideological shift of engagement for millennials in the west and tangible transformation for children in East Africa. He hinged his vision on inspiring gen. y through media, campaigns, and events to positively shift both their influence and purpose towards the greater world. 

Bobby went on to co-found the USA GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT, which seeks to acquire funds from governments and large foundations to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals. 

In traveling to Thailand with The SOLD Project, Bobby fell in love with the people and the mission of the organization. He realized how valuable prevention is to protecting innocence and shaping lives, and he is overjoyed to join SOLD’s board and work together for the protection of vulnerable people. 

“Having Bobby on the Board will bring a wealth of experience, insight, and energy. Bobby has a passion for helping children and he’s proven he’ll take chances to bring positive change to the world. We are honored to have him join SOLD.” – Roy Goble, Chairman

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Meet Cameron!

June 16, 2013

Our Staff

The SOLD Project family is growing! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to the newest additions to our family. Today, we’d like you to meet Cameron Welborn-Wilson, who has recently joined our Board of Directors.

IMG_0583Cameron Welborn-Wilson is a former complex business litigation attorney and now has her own legal practice advising entrepreneurial companies on both legal and business affairs.

Born with a passion for advocacy, in college she volunteered as Arizona’s youngest Court Appointed Special Advocate “CASA,” representing the interests of abused and neglected children as well as volunteering for “Parents Anonymous” an organization focused on preventing child abuse and neglect.  In addition, she interned for the Tucson District Attorney’s office with a focus on cases of abuse against women and children.  When Cameron was a student at Emory University School of Law she volunteered as a first year student at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, served as President of the Emory Public Interest Committee and led a movement to update Georgia’s antiquated rape laws.   In 1999, her community work earned her the highest honor bestowed by Emory University, the Marion Luther Brittain Award.

Cameron’s commitment to advocacy has remained consistent throughout her education and career.  While practicing law at a large law firm she was on the Founding Advisory Board of CoachArt (www.coachart.org) and was a co-founder of Stop The Abuse Against Families Foundation.  In 2008 she was living in New York City and began educating herself on the issue of human trafficking.  At that time, SOLD Founder Rachel Sparks-Graeser was in town speaking at a NYC Hedge Fund where Cameron was in attendance.   Following Rachel’s presentation, the two women began a conversation that led to Cameron joining the Advisory Board of SOLD. Cameron formally joined SOLD’s Board of Directors this year.

“Cameron has demonstrated a devotion to SOLD for years. Her legal expertise and critical thinking are going to add tremendous value to the Board. I look forward to working with her to build the prevention programs that can help vulnerable children.” – Roy Goble, Chairman

Cameron currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, Golden Retriever, and Himalayan cat.

Welcome to our team, Cameron!

Students in Need of Sponsors!

June 12, 2013
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We’re in the business of opening doors. We provide a little helping hand in situations where sometimes all a child needs is for someone to look their way and say, “I see you.” Children who, if given even just the slightest sliver of hope, will jump at the opportunity to thrive. We provide scholarships for students whose means are so limited that even $1 a day is enough to keep them from an education. Believing in the power of education and strong mentorship as we do, we want to keep them in school, every day. If you’ve been following our blog, you can see how we not only touch individual lives, we help benefits spiral outward to the community as well. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, women and children are critical components of a well-functioning society and investing in them helps stabilize and grow communities as well as nations. This is the message we send. You can be a part of that too.

Right now, we have 13 students in need of sponsorship:

At the University level ($55/month) – we have 6 students
High School ($45/month) – 2 students
Primary/Vocational ($31/month) –  5 students

Please know, absolutely 100% of each sponsorship donation goes directly into that individual child’s education fund. No fees, no deductions for staff overhead. We raise that money separately.

If you’d like to help us turn opportunities into reality for a child in need,

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!!

We’ve made big headlines this year, not the least of which includes gaining the support of The Girl Effect/The Nike Foundation. But we couldn’t do any of what we do without your help! We need YOU to help make this all happen.

Help us bring an end to child trafficking, one educated child at a time.

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