Tag Archives for : sustainable development

Thoughts

Strengthening Families is Better Prevention Than Orphanages

  • September 13, 2018

Strengthening families and the communities in which they live is a better form of prevention than sending children to live in orphanages due to poverty. Did you know that a large proportion of children living in orphanages still have at least one living parent? The exact number is unknown, but may be up to 4 out of 5 children in.

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Thoughts

Moral Debt: Cultural Factors That Perpetuate Trafficking

  • August 9, 2018

One cultural difference that Westerners often have trouble understanding about Thai culture (and many other East and South Eastern cultures) is the notion of a moral debt that children owe to their parents and families. The words Westerners use, like debt or obligation, while correct, have negative connotations, and thus don’t effectively capture the essence of the concept on a fundamental.

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Thoughts

The Importance of Social Embeddedness

  • July 26, 2018

“Social scientists often use the term social capital to describe social connectedness–that is, informal ties to family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances; involvement in civic associations, religious institutions, athletic teams, volunteer activities; and so on. Social capital has repeatedly been shown to be a strong predictor of well-being both for individuals and for communities.” – Robert Putnam In renowned social scientist Robert.

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Interviews

The Link Between Elephants and Human Trafficking

  • March 22, 2018

One of the most beloved activities for tourists traveling in Thailand is to ride on elephants. The camps offer fun interactions like watching elephants paint, feeding bananas to baby elephants, and mini treks through the jungle. People are likely familiar with the criticisms environmental and animal-friendly folk level toward these camps for the maltreatment of elephants—but what these critics almost.

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Thoughts

How Sustainable Farming Can Help Fight Trafficking

  • February 8, 2018

The link between sustainable farming and the prevention of child trafficking is probably not immediately apparent. It’s definitely not as sexy as live-tweeting a brothel raid. But throughout the last nine years of our grassroots work in vulnerable communities in Northern Thailand, we’ve come to see how essential it is.   Poverty, Risk, and a Lever for Change When it.

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News

Our Impact in 2017

  • February 5, 2018

2017 was one of our best years yet, with so many exciting moments and accomplishments to share! Here are some of the highlights: We re-branded our work from The SOLD Project to “The Freedom Story” in solidarity with our values of Ethical Storytelling; Resources at our Pong Prae and Chiang Rai Resource Centers were accessed over 2,900 times by at.

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Thoughts

Trafficking Awareness During the Holidays

  • December 14, 2017

Want to see some ways to bring greater social justice and trafficking awareness into your holiday season? Here are a few to consider! While Traveling A lot of us travel during the holiday season, given the chance to see faraway relatives, escape a cold climate for a more tropical one, or vice versa! However, we travelers might not be the.

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Thoughts

Preventing Trafficking in the New Economy

  • April 13, 2017

Imagine an average middle class teenager growing up in the U.S. who dreams of doing some form of computer engineering, design, or other online job some day. You might imagine at this stage the teenager is a digital native, having grown up around digital devices, perhaps having access to some in school as well as at home, almost all the.

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News

What Does Sustainability Really Mean?

  • March 9, 2017

A guest post by Shannon Griesser Sustainability is buzzword that is used quite often in the social impact world. But what does it really mean? I sat down with Seri and Freedom Story Sustainability Director Worn Donchai to get his perspective about what sustainability means and how it fits in with our work on Seri.  How do you define sustainability? For.

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Thoughts

Climate Change And Child Trafficking

  • February 23, 2017

This post is part of a series called “Let’s Get Intersectional” where we highlight all the ways in which trafficking is related to other industries and areas of concern. From economic development to minority rights, mental health issues to terrorism, human trafficking affects and is affected by a wide variety of concerns—and to tackle one area means to grapple with.

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