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Mark your Calendars: Your Gift Can be Doubled
May 9, 2013

We’re excited to announce next week’s matching gift campaign with One Day’s Wages (ODW); a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Beginning Monday, May 13th at 9:00AM P.S.T we will be raising funds for The SOLD Project’s Family Camps and Anti-Trafficking Awareness Programs. All donations will be matched up to $2,500.00. THE CAMP The two-day camp offers parents and their children (primarily teens) the unique opportunity to discuss points of conflict and collaborate together on solutions in a supportive environment. Through culturally relevant group activities, families are offered a structured place to intentionally connect with each other for, as many past participants noted, the very first time. Parents and children work together on communicating expectations and responding to conflict in the Positive Discipline session. Speakers teach on how our behavior affects others and the negative side effects of physical punishment. In the Breaking and Healing session, the pattern of family violence and its seemingly endless cycle are explored. Both parents and children are given the opportunity to discuss their family’s history, explore what forgiveness may look like in their own homes, and brainstorm how they can each help “step outside the cycle” of generational violence. As ironic as it may seem in the sex capital of the world, sexuality is not discussed in a Thai family structure, leaving children vulnerable in their lack of understanding about their bodies and how to respond to touches from others that make them uncomfortable. The consequences of little to no education in this area has disastrous, lifelong consequences in Thailand when a lack of education and a need for income is coupled with “opportunity” in the nearest city’s Red Light District. The camp’s anti-trafficking portion discusses “body safety” with the children. From song-and-dance to role-playing how to respond to uncomfortable scenarios to drawing body maps, the children are equipped with an understanding about the individual rights they have. We’ll be holding two camps (one in October 2013 and another in January 2014), each of which costs $2,500.00. Our hope is that at the end of this campaign we are able to cover the cost for both of these camps. OUR ASK Between Monday, May 13th and Saturday, May 18th we’re asking you to donate one day’s worth of your wages. That amount will then be doubled, up to $2,500.00. 100% of your donation will be used towards Trafficking Awareness Family Camp. Just one day’s worth of your wages will fund the awareness of a child at-risk. So please, plan ahead to give. And stay tuned – more information on HOW will go live on Monday morning.

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