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The Sold Project Update

Help The Sold Project, Pleasanton's non-profit, to educate the girls of Thailand and keep them out of prostitution.

Since The Sold Project began 4 1/2 years ago, their scholarship program to keep girls in Thailand out of prostitution has grown to 120 students! These are girls who could not have afforded the cost of school otherwise, and because girls in Thailand are expected from an early age to earn money for their families, these sponsored students would likely have left their villages, gone into the city, and prostituted themselves in “restaurants”. 

 

Since I learned about Sold this last Spring, it is noticeably growing. Sold is competing, along with 68 other organizations, in The Girl Effect, a month-long campaign in November to earn a one-year spot on the Girl Effect fundraising page on GlobalGiving.org. At the end of November, the 6 projects with the highest number of unique donors win a spot to take part in The Girl Effect. The Sold Project’s goal is to get 1000 donors. Securing a spot at Global Giving could mean amazing growth for Sold in the next year. 

 

You can learn more on Sold’s homepage at www.thesoldproject.com. There are so many good non-profits in the world that have to vie for our money. We cannot give to every one that needs us. We all have to find the cause that moves us. In the news headlines I read around the world, child abuse is one that weighs on my heart, as children are the most vulnerable, innocent, and exploitable targets. Child abuse comes in different ways and varying degrees. Child prostitution is preventable, by fighting the poverty that drives them to it. 

 

“What is the difference between a child trafficked into a brothel, held there by a trafficker, and a child selling sex on the streets, held there by poverty? The difference is that we can point our finger at the trafficker, but poverty is the fault of all humanity. To the child, there is no difference.” Rachel Goble

 

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Michael Austin November 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Georgia, Is it possible the sold project can come to the aid of the young Pakastani girls? The Taliban shot a very young girl in the head because she was promoting the benefits of schooling for all young girls. I fear for her classmates, because they have taken up her cause. The Taliban will try to kill them also. The Pakastani government in enept to protect these little girls. the United Nations is enept, there basicly is no protection for these little girls, that simply want an education.
Georgia Choate November 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I'm afraid you're right Michael. The Taliban will not stop trying to block the education of girls. But an outspoken 14 year old girl is probably what they fear most. Sold, at least so far, has localized its efforts in an area like Thailand where it's really poverty they're fighting. How does a non-profit like Sold fight to stop the Taliban when one of the strongest armies in the world hasn't been able to stop it? The kind of change it will take for girls in Pakistan to get an education in peace has to come from within. Westerners, outsiders who don't live in that culture, cannot go in and change a violent and slippery group of warriors who embrace sharia law. From what I've read, the attack on Malala has actually served to shock Pakistanis and powerful supporters into action. According to CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/10/world/asia/pakistan-malala-gordon-brown/index.html , "The Pakistani government, the U.N., the World Bank, and other international organizations have set an April 2013 deadline to come up with a plan to provide education to all of Pakistan's school-aged children by the end of 2015." This is good news! But it's a big endeavor and possibly the beginning of a real war for educating girls. I'm afraid there may be more like Malala who pay a price for educated girls of the future.

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