The SOLD Project Impact

As one of the only anti-trafficking organizations focusing specifically on prevention, The SOLD Project has had a huge impact on our communities in Northern Thailand.

 

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A Case Study

 

Two years ago, Fah and her brother Chai lost their mother in a motorcycle accident. Fah was 12, at the time. Chai was 10. Like many men in their community, their father is an uneducated field laborer who makes only $5 a day (half the legal minimum wage) and struggles with alcoholism. Having drunk away the financial death benefit from the government long ago, he continues to drink, often leaving them alone for extended periods of time with only anxiety to fill their empty bellies.

While no one’s future is determined, statistical trends suggest what Fah and Chai’s futures will be. Fah likely won’t finish 9th grade. Pregnant by the age of 16, she will fall prey to abuse and exploitation and end up as a field laborer or factory worker earning minimum wage at best. Chai will likely follow in his father’s footsteps: working in the fields by day, drinking by night. It’s unlikely either will ever earn more than $5 per day unless they migrate to Chiang Rai or Bangkok. If they choose this option, it’s possible that either could find a job in the service industry. However, employment at 7-11 is hard to get without a high school education, let alone work at a respectable restaurant or hotel. Low paid and minimally regulated factory work would be one of two likely options. Sex work would be the other. If they were fortunate in the sex industry, their pay could exceed minimum wage, but it would also always include the risk of abuse, disease and deep psychological wounds. Fah and Chai’s futures appear dismal indeed.

Despite what statistics suggest, we’re happy to say that Fah and Chai’s futures remain a mystery. Fah and Chai are two of the 170 students to receive scholarships from SOLD in 2016. With scholarships that cover the cost of uniforms, supplies, transportation, and fees, along with resources such as English classes and computers and mentorship from SOLD’s Thai staff, Fah and Chai’s futures remain open. They might attend college and become scientists, or they might choose to attend vocational school and join the hospitality industry. Thanks to SOLD’s staff and programs (all made possible by our gracious donors), their futures are now a mystery — one filled with expectation and hope.

About The SOLD Project

The SOLD Project prevents child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Thailand, providing vulnerable Thai children and youth with scholarships and resources to help them break the cycle of poverty, avoid the dangers of child trafficking, and lead productive, independent lives.

 

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