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Thoughts

How One Student is Overcoming an Unusual Challenge

  • April 16, 2019

Meet Niran* Niran joined our scholarship program in at the age of 17. Niran is a member of the Akha ethnic minority group and is stateless, meaning he does not have Thai citizenship and endures “serious restrictions on [his] basic rights”.[1] For most people in the world citizenship to at least one country is a birthright. Without any kind of.

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Thoughts

How Emotional Support Can Make or Break A Student

  • April 9, 2019

Meet Kannika* A confident and friendly student, Kannika* joined The Freedom Story’s scholarship program when she was 15. Her father had passed away, and her remaining family of six were surviving on $10 per day. As a member of an ethnic minority group she faced higher risk of trafficking and exploitation because of discrimination and lower social status.[1] In high.

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Thoughts

How One Student Went From Self-Harm to Empowerment

  • April 2, 2019

Meet Sakda* A routine home visit revealed that 18 year old Sakda* who is both stateless and an orphan, was hurting himself and damaging his possessions as a way to deal with stress. He had been staying in his room alone, trying to control his emotions, struggling with his self-worth and refusing to go outside or spend time with friends..

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News

How a Facebook Grant Helped Us Respond to Crisis

  • March 14, 2019

After experiencing higher than average levels of rain in the 2018 rainy season, Nan Province in Northern Thailand was hit by further flash flooding. Unsustainable farming practices led to soil erosion, which compounded the issue. Homes and lives were lost, the bridge to the nearest city was washed out for over a month, and a Hmong village in the Pua.

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Interviews

The Role of Counseling in Trafficking Prevention

  • March 7, 2019

When Khae first joined The Freedom Story, she didn’t expect to go into counseling. She worked with our sustainable development program, but then would also visit students and their families at home, often in the evenings, and began to provide mentorship and support. “I got to see the various problems they had, that they had so many issues. Not just.

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Thoughts

Strong Families, Strong Prevention

  • January 31, 2019

Trafficking prevention begins at home–not just in raising awareness, but also in strengthening families so that kids stay in the safe harbor of home. The Vulnerability of Kids Who Run Away From Home Did you know that the most prevalent way sex traffickers used to find and recruit their victims involved targeting runaways? According to a six-year study of trafficking.

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News

Year in Review for Sustainability

  • January 24, 2019

A few weeks ago, we told you some of the successes your donor dollars helped accomplish, but what we didn’t mention was the impact we’re also having in sustainability. Through our Organic Farming Learning Center, here’s some of what we did in 2018: We identified and began working with 13 community leaders on organic fertilizer. We worked with and trained.

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Thoughts

Trafficking and Social Media Technology

  • January 17, 2019

When we first joined the mission to end trafficking, the most prevelent form it took in our region was in-person, and face-to-face, through a relationship of trust: a family member or friend offering a job or other opportunity to those desperate for financial relief. Just how much the victim and their loved ones knew about what they were getting into.

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Thoughts

Changing Attitudes on Family Violence

  • December 28, 2018

Khae, one of our counselers, was invited earlier this year by local government to meet with 100 women who were all leaders in different villages. In the meeting, they discussed family-related laws that would be of interest to these women leaders and others in the village. Khae began to speak on the issue of abuse and family violence—both between parents.

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News

What Your Donor Dollars Accomplished

  • December 20, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what your donation has contributed to, here is just a snapshot of what we have been able to achieve together! 2018 Overview 31 individuals have accessed over 40 sessions of counseling. 65 students attended a training on internet safety and awareness. 45 students attended an anti-drug campaign run in partnership with local police. 27 students graduated;.

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