This month we are hosting two special events in honour of Dalit women. We would love you to join us as we raise awareness and stand in solidarity with the Dalit women of India.
Saturday, March 8th in Surrey, BC:
Come enjoy a cup of chai tea & learn about the plight of the Dalit women in India with special guest speaker: Kumar Swamy, Director of South India for Dalit Freedom Network.
Crafts made by Dalit women will be available for purchase
Monday, March 17th in Scarborough, ON:
Join us for a special woman's to raise awareness and help build dignity for those trapped in human trafficking.
Handbags, crafts, and jewellery made by woman at our Lydia Project in India will be available for sale
In honour of International Women’s Day we are dedicating the month of March to Dalit women. We will be standing in solidarity by raising awareness and being a voice for their plight.
The Plight of Dalit Women: There is a saying, “Dalit women are thrice Dalit" as they experience oppression because of their gender, poverty, and low status as untouchables. Existing at the very bottom of India's rigid social order, Dalit women are routinely denied education, proper healthcare and justice.
Do one thing for Dalit women: We would like to challenge you to do one thing this month for Dalit women. Our hope is that across Canada we will see people accepting this challenge and standing with Dalit women in this simple way. Here are some ideas to get you started:
In 2013 generous Canadian donors provided funding for three new vocational training centers!
These training centers will be established in maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, & the Punjab. They will strengthen the work that is already being done by our Good Shepherd Schools in these villages. While our schools are helping to bring freedom to Dalit children, these centers will empower Dalit women to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Women who enroll at the center will take part in a six month tailoring program. This program will prepare the participants for a career in tailoring. Upon graduation, each woman will receive a small grant to help them buy the resources they need to get started.
Because of you, these centers will help hundreds of Dalit women experience hope and economic independence .
Today is World Justice Day. Here are 5 simple ways you can promote Justice for India’s Dalits:
1.Social Media: Repost our photos, facts, and updates from Dalit Freedom Network’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. It is a simple and effective way of raising awareness within your online community.
2. Start a Fundraiser: Are you passionate about anti-human trafficking initiatives? healthcare? economic empowerment? education? Why not start an online fundraiser to for the part of our work you are most passionate about.
3. Follow our Blog: A great way to stay informed about the plight of the Dalits and the work we are doing is through our blog. Once a week a new article is posted to keep you up to date on what is happening.
4. Bring a Friend: Every month in our e-update we highlight upcoming events. Why not invite a friend or two to one of our events in your area. If you do not already recieve our e-updates you can sign up here.
5. Join our Spring Campaign: Last year we launched our first What Would You Do For Freedom? Campaign. Because of this campaign 376 unsponsored Dalit Children were able to go to school for another year. If you are interested in starting a fundraiser with your small group, youth group or on your own for the 2014 campaign please contact us and we’ll help you get started!
To celebrate their 20th anniversary as a book club, this incredible group of women started a fundraiser. Together they are raising funds to provide a library at one of our Good Shepherd Schools. This library will give our students the opportunity to access age appropriate reading materials and discover the joy of reading.
Paige, one of the club members, explains “As book lovers, we understand the importance of education and literacy. We are thrilled to be able to make a difference in the lives of even a few people.”
Their efforts will allow hundreds of Dalit children to share in their love of reading. What a wonderful way to celebrate 20 years of reading good books!
If you would like to donate to READ Book club fundraiser please click here.