2021 CAMPAIGN

Join the movement to prevent child trafficking

COVID is causing a crisis in an already vulnerable community. Help us raise $100,000 by midnight PST Dec. 31, 2021 to prevent child trafficking in northern Thailand!

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Together, we can break the cycle of trafficking at the source.

In Northern Thailand, three things put children at higher risk of being trafficked: poverty, low levels of education, and social marginalization. COVID-19 has made these people more vulnerable to exploitation than ever.

Total raised so far

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So far: $10,290

Goal: $100,000

“Kids who drop out of school have two options: sell sex or sell drugs.”

– Local Thai Teacher
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Northern Thailand is a known source of child trafficking, with a high poverty rate, low education rate, and many marginalized groups.

For many families in Chiang Rai and Nan provinces, this is a generational problem. But it has a solution.

The Problem

per person per day.

Families in Northern Thailand work in back-breaking agricultural jobs to support their families. Despite their hard work, they must survive on less than $2 per person per day.

With families to support, many cannot afford to continue to send their children to school. They consider pulling their children out of school. However, without education, children cannot access employment that brings enough income to help support their families.

do not attend upper secondary school

Even so, they need help now. Families take their children out of school to save costs and send them to work in bigger cities, where the sex trade lures them in with the promise of a lot of fast money.

receive violent discipline

Isolation, mental health struggles, legal status issues, and a history of trauma or abuse also put children at risk. 68% of children in the North receive violent discipline.

Our solution

Families with children at risk of trafficking and exploitation receive scholarships to support them to stay in school. Scholarships ease financial burdens.

Mentors help families strengthen their relationships and provide the children with the psycho-social support needed to thrive.

Micro-businesses provide supplemental income for families who are struggling financially.

Those on the margins of society are equipped with knowledge about trafficking and are empowered to access their rights.

With income, education, and knowledge, the future is bright and full of opportunities.

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Your support enables us to invest in two provinces where trafficking rates are high and the children need help.

We believe that preventing the cycle of trafficking and exploitation is possible. We are working in these two communities to provide access to education, income generation, and knowledge about rights.

Chiang Rai:

Partner since

2008

237

Scholarship students

16,176

People served

IN NAN:

Partner since

2020

37

Scholarship students

1,081

People served

“I’ve really seen that scholarships are so important... The kids have better lives, they have good relationships, the families have better relationships.”

– KRUU BALL, THE FREEDOM STORY STAFF
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Fierce Determination: The Story of Surachat & Surachai

When their parents passed away, Surachat’s depression was severe enough to cause him to drop out of school for a time. But the two brothers could not afford to linger over their sadness. They had to find a way to survive alone, and worse, without the essential documentation needed for Thai citizenship, and thus access to many fundamental rights. Even staying in school proved a challenge. They were stateless.

“I always believe that someday, I will overcome this series of events and will be able to take care of my family to live a happy life.” – Surachat

Read more about Surachat & Surachai, and other students like them on our blog. We’ll release a new student story every Tuesday between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31.

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Invisible Trauma: Jintana’s Story
Risk isn’t usually visible on the surface. If you were to visit our Resource Center and watch the kids playing, if you didn’t know the work we do, you might never know the hardships these kids have already been through. This is part of why trafficking prevention isn’t the work of quick fixes: it’s deep and thorough. It requires looking past the surface to see a person’s whole childhood, context and all. Trauma doesn’t always show itself in a person’s face.
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Invisible Trauma: Jintana’s Story
Risk isn’t usually visible on the surface. If you were to visit our Resource Center and watch the kids playing, if you didn’t know the work we do, you might never know the hardships these kids have already been through. Trauma doesn’t always show itself in a person’s face.
Read more
(RE)SILIENCE
Invisible Trauma: Jintana’s Story
Risk isn’t usually visible on the surface. If you were to visit our Resource Center and watch the kids playing, if you didn’t know the work we do, you might never know the hardships these kids have already been through. This is part of why trafficking prevention isn’t the work of quick fixes.
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Your support will help keep kids in school and ensure access to the resources that can keep them safe from trafficking and exploitation. We're thrilled and grateful to have you alongside us!