Our beginnings

The Freedom Story was born from a documentary film called The SOLD Project. When our founder Rachel Sparks learned about child sexual exploitation in Thailand, she decided to expose it through the power of film. After interviewing dozens of sex workers, common themes became apparent: poverty, a lack of education, and a lack of options. Rachel responded by providing a scholarship to an at-risk student, and The Freedom Story was born.

Our scholarships and resources empower at-risk Thai students to stay in school, pursue their dreams, and break the cycle of poverty and exploitation. Our efforts in the US are centered around telling dignifying stories that encourage people to become a part of changing our world for the better. Browse below to learn more.

OUR MISSION

We prevent child trafficking & exploitation through culturally relevant programs for vulnerable children & share their stories to empower creative, compassionate people to act.

Our Values

Relationships

Whether our relationships with our beneficiaries in Thailand or those with donors and one another, we intentionally invest in our human connections each day.

TRANSPARENCY

From our finances to our needs, from our successes to our challenges, transparency is central in all we do.

DIGNITY

Our individual dignity is tied to the dignity of us all. Whether teaching human rights in Thailand or sharing stories in the US, we strive to highlight the dignity of each person.

RESILIENCY

Systemic problems require long-term, systemic solutions in the midst of a changing world. All of our programs are designed to provide adaptable solutions that last.

POSITIVITY

Even in the midst of the darkest situations, positivity inspires hope. And hope inspires action.

INCLUSIVENESS

Inclusion and dignity go hand in hand. We serve those in need without restrictions based on gender, race, religion, sex, age, background, nationality, et cetera.

Our Staff

Rachel Goble

Rachel Goble

President | USA
Tawee Donchai

Tawee Donchai

Founding Director | Thailand
Worn Donchai

Worn Donchai

Sustainability Director | Thailand
Ketsara Thutsunti

Ketsara Thutsunti

Prevention Awareness Director | Thailand
Alaynah Morrow

Alaynah Morrow

U.S. Operations Manager | USA
AHYEW CHEEMUIGU (WIN)

AHYEW CHEEMUIGU (WIN)

Mentorship Program & Legal Advisor | Thailand
Nongnuch JAMPARAT (KHAE)

Nongnuch JAMPARAT (KHAE)

Advisor & Case Coordinator | Thailand
TOTSAPHON KITTA (KRU BON)

TOTSAPHON KITTA (KRU BON)

Activities Manager | Thailand
JADE KELLER

JADE KELLER

Program Advisor | Thailand
Daniel Olson

Daniel Olson

Writer & Researcher | USA
Lauren Ellis

Lauren Ellis

Designer | Thailand
SUMITRA THONGTHEP

SUMITRA THONGTHEP

After-School Officer | Thailand
ORANUCH CHURMER

ORANUCH CHURMER

Scholarship Staff | Thailand
AOUN SITTHICHIRANG

AOUN SITTHICHIRANG

Program Officer | Thailand
SOMCHAT CHUWIT (PI BUU)

SOMCHAT CHUWIT (PI BUU)

Sustainability Development Officer | Thailand
Rommanee Promsuwan

Rommanee Promsuwan

Counselor | Thailand
Nanii Nena

Nanii Nena

Administration | Thailand
PI AEW

PI AEW

Accounting | Thailand
NONGNUCH SALATOON (EAD)

NONGNUCH SALATOON (EAD)

Groundskeeper | Thailand
Kruu Yu

Kruu Yu

English teacher | Thailand
SATTAWAT AEPFAENG (KRU TAE)

SATTAWAT AEPFAENG (KRU TAE)

Math Tutor | Thailand
Lucy McCray

Lucy McCray

International Liaison
SANYA JANTHAWONG

SANYA JANTHAWONG

Scholarship Officer

Our Board of Directors

Rachel Goble

Rachel Goble

President | USA
Roy Goble

Roy Goble

Nick Parisi

Nick Parisi

Marlene Lepkoski

Marlene Lepkoski

Ken Wytsma

Ken Wytsma

Jennifer Weaver

Jennifer Weaver

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Rachel Sparks Graeser

Rachel Sparks Graeser

Local representatives

LISA WINTERFELDT

LISA WINTERFELDT

Representative | Rome, Italy
Shannon Griesser

Shannon Griesser

Representative | Boston, MA
Bunty Drewitt

Bunty Drewitt

Representative | Santa Barbara, CA
Cameron Allen

Cameron Allen

Representative | Australia
Brian White

Brian White

Representative | Los Angeles, CA
Gretchen Radomski

Gretchen Radomski

Representative | Bend, OR
Bill Stauffer

Bill Stauffer

Representative | Portland, ME
Shannon O’Malley

Shannon O’Malley

Pacific Northwest Representative | Portland, OR

We’re incredibly thankful for the companies that have partnered with us to fight human trafficking.

Financials

● Programs     ● Fundraising     ● Management 

2013

Total Donations
$347,733
Total Expenses
$338,250

2013 990

2014

Total Donations
$334,986
Total Expenses
$331,698

2014 990

2015

Total Donations
$460,020
Total Expenses
$458,630

2015 990

2016

Total Donations
$604,071
Total Expenses
$570,193

2016 990
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“Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo –

The Freedom Story would not be where we are without passionate people like you