Education changes everything for a Dalit child. For Shiva, a student at one of our Good Shepherd Schools, education is helping her overcome the poverty and oppression she has known her whole life. Shiva comes from a long line of Dalit labourers and her parents work at the local rock quarry – it is backbreaking work for very little pay. Because of the family’s low social status Shiva was destined for the same hardship as her parents.
But everything changed for Shiva when she was given the opportunity to go to school. Today Shiva is one of the top students in her class and dreams of becoming a teacher so that she can give other Dalit children the gift of education.
Help a child like Shiva attend school for another year. If you give during the month of December your donation will be doubled! Click here to learn more.
The unsung heroes of Dalit Freedom Network are the teachers. These passionate and dedicated men and women are the reason our Good Shepherd Schools transform the lives of so many Dalit children.
To ensure that our teachers continue to provide the highest quality education and care we hold an annual teachers’ training conference. This conference equips teachers to teach English effectively. The training also helps our teachers strengthen their teaching methods and practices.
A gift of $70 gives a teacher the opportunity to attend the training conference. Click here to equip a teacher and give the gift that keeps on giving.
Education is the most effective way to bring freedom to a Dalit child. It opens the door to higher education, higher income-earning opportunities and a higher quality of life. Help educate a Dalit child this Christmas season and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar.
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This Sunday is World AIDS Day - a day where people around the world unite together to raise awareness and continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Last year, one of our Good Shepherd Schools honoured this day with a “Getting to Zero” event. The day started with students and teachers gathering together to create banners and signs about the importance of getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Then everyone carried their signs in an awareness march through nearby villages.
At the end of the march villagers gathered together for a special public health seminar. The school’s community health worker gave an educational presentation about HIV/AIDS and prevention. The event ended with a time of remembrance for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
We want to recognize the 249 students who graduated this past year from our Good Shepherd Schools. These students have demonstrated so much potential - the average mark in the final exam was over 80%. The majority of our graduates are now going on to further education and preparing for professional careers.
A survey conducted with some of our graduates demonstrated what their plans are for the future. Here is a list of the top ten career goals of our graduates:
10. Army Officer
7. Charted Accountant
6. Police Officer
5. Civil Service Career
4. Bank Manager