India's Untouchable Dalits

Dalit Freedom Network Canada is committed to freeing the Dalits from a life of poverty, exploitation, and slavery through education, healthcare, and economic development.

  • We are only a few weeks into our Freedom 13 Campaign and are overwhelmed by how many of you have already responded to the great challenge of bringing education to 13,000 Dalit children.

    Your partnership and generosity is making a difference in lives of students attending our Good Shepherd Schools - students like Jatin:

    Jatin is a grade three student whose illiterate parents never had the opportunity to attend school. Although his parents never received an education, they made it a priority for Jatin. Today, Jatin's parents are so proud of their son for working hard and being top of his class. As a family they look to the future with hope - confident that education will give Jatin greater opportunities than they could ever imagine.

    Thank you for helping children like Jatin receive a quality education!

  • As Canadian Thanksgiving is only a few days away, the Dalit Freedom Network staff are taking the time to reflect on what we are thankful for.  Here is just a small glimpse into what we are grateful for this Thanksgiving: 

    • "Thankful for all our donors who are contributing to freedom for the Dalits" -  Financial Administrator 
    • "Thankful for the incredible volunteers who give of their time to help us in the office" - Donor Relations Coordinator  
    • "Thankful for the hard working sponsorship team in India who help connect sponsors with their sponsored children" - Sponsorship Coordinator 
    • "Thankful for the gracious and warm community of Dalit Freedom Network Canada" - Data Entry Assistant
    • "Thankful for the growing number of Canadians who truly care for the poor and oppressed Dalits of India - Executive Director

    All of us at Dalit Freedom Network Canada wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!


  • Education for 13,000 children. This is the goal of our Freedom 13 campaign. 

    Every year we open our school doors to thousands of Dalit children who are not yet sponsored. Of the 26,000 children attending our schools there are 13,000 students in our schools who are without sponsorship. 

    Our hope is that together we can respond to this great need and help give freedom - one child at at time. Learn more about the campaign and how you can make a difference in the life of a Dalit child. 

  • Do you live in the Vancouver or Toronto area? Please join us this fall at one of our upcoming dinner events. We hope to see you there! 

    Surrey, BC: 

    Ladies, we invite you to stand in solidarity with the Dalit women of India. Join us at the fifth annual Hope for Dalit Women Dinner. The evening will include an Indian meal, henna, and craft items made by Dalit women. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the struggles faced by Dalit women and how you can be part of changing their lives and bringing hope for the families. Learn more.

    Date: Monday, October 20th, doors open at 6pm 

    Location: Bombay Banquet Hall, 7475 135 Street, Surrey BC 

    Tickets are $25 per person. Register here. 


    Toronto, ON: 

    Join us for an Indian banquet and event to learn more about what is happening among the Dalits of India with guest speaker Dr. Joseph D'Souza, International President of Dalit Freedom Network. Learn more. 

    Date: October 26th, 5:30 pm

    Location: Swagat Banquet Hall, 6991 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga 

    Tickets are $30 per person. Register Today. 

  • Dalit Freedom Network has just opened a new vocational training center for women in Uttar Pradesh. It is situated in a poor rural community where we have already established a Good Shepherd School. Most of this people in this region are daily labourers, barely earning enough to survive. The new center will give women and girls the opportunity to learn practical tailoring skills. The classes will be offered in the evening so that women can attend after working in the fields. 

    Vocational training is one of the best ways to lift women and girls out of poverty and restore their dignity. Vahida, a student at the new center, shared with our staff that she has been waiting for such an opportunity for a long time. Her parents could not afford to send her to school so attending the center is the first time she has ever been in a classroom. Her dream is to start a small shop in the village. 

    We are thankful for the generous partners who helped make this life changing center possible. 

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