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Mark Your Calendars: Your Gift Can Be Doubled!

May 9, 2013

We’re excited to announce next week’s matching gift campaign with One Day’s Wages (ODW); a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions.

Beginning Monday, May 13th at 9:00AM P.S.T we will be raising funds for The SOLD Project’s Family Camps and Anti-Trafficking Awareness Programs. All donations will be matched up to $2,500.00.

THE CAMP

The two-day camp offers parents and their children (primarily teens) the unique
opportunity to discuss points of conflict and collaborate together on solutions in a
supportive environment. Through culturally relevant group activities, families are offered
a structured place to intentionally connect with each other for, as many past participants
noted, the very first time.

Parents and children work together on communicating expectations and responding to
conflict in the Positive Discipline session. Speakers teach on how our behavior affects
others and the negative side effects of physical punishment. In the Breaking and Healing
session, the pattern of family violence and its seemingly endless cycle are explored. Both
parents and children are given the opportunity to discuss their family’s history, explore
what forgiveness may look like in their own homes, and brainstorm how they can each
help “step outside the cycle” of generational violence.

As ironic as it may seem in the sex capital of the world, sexuality is not discussed in a
Thai family structure, leaving children vulnerable in their lack of understanding about
their bodies and how to respond to touches from others that make them uncomfortable.
The consequences of little to no education in this area has disastrous, lifelong
consequences in Thailand when a lack of education and a need for income is coupled
with “opportunity” in the nearest city’s Red Light District. The camp’s anti-trafficking
portion discusses “body safety” with the children. From song-and-dance to role-playing
how to respond to uncomfortable scenarios to drawing body maps, the children are
equipped with an understanding about the individual rights they have.

We’ll be holding two camps (one in October 2013 and another in January 2014), each of which costs $2,500.00. Our hope is that at the end of this campaign we are able to cover the cost for both of these camps.

OUR ASK

Between Monday, May 13th and Saturday, May 18th we’re asking you to donate one day’s worth of your wages. That amount will then be doubled, up to $2,500.00. 100% of your donation will be used towards Trafficking Awareness Family Camp.

Just one day’s worth of your wages will fund the awareness of a child at-risk. So please, plan ahead to give. And stay tuned – more information on HOW will go live on Monday morning. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013 5:17 am

    wonderful:)

  2. May 10, 2013 5:37 am

    Reblogged this on Mirrorgirl: My life as a psychologist and commented:
    Like I said, anger took its hold on me on Tuesday. Since then I have been reading, thinking and writing about human trafficking and sexual slavery, because it really upsets me. I`ve read about innocent children being used, while people silently accept it. Those thought might be fertile ground for depression and helplessness, but I want my ground to be receptive to new seeds that might grow into something in the future. For that reason, I don`t let negativity settle, just nutrients like compassion and hope. I also find people who water the seeds with me.

    Today I found a wonderful campaign in the heart of were its needed: The thai capital of prostitution.

    A grassroot movement of people like you and me, will build a camp, and invite families to come. Both children and parents can attend and they have designed a special program that hopefully will set hearts on fire. Not just by lectures, but also by playing realistic problem-solving games. They will also get sexual education, and information about boundries when it comes to their bodies, since this is almost never talked about normally.

    Take a look at the site, because this is something that actually might change attitudes. Attitudes are what binds a society together, and the more people who get new ones, the more likely that changes can happen.

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