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 ecstatic to announce that the Freedom Campaign was a great success thanks to YOUR support! Your incredible generosity helped us surpass our fundraising goal of $150,000. TOGETHER, we raised $169,355.62 and 68 Dalit children were sponsored!

    THANK YOU for your immense support. We are truly touched!

  • A big thank you to everyone who has given to our Freedom Campaign 2015! Your support is bringing freedom to Dalit children and already changing their lives.  Because of you, children at our Good Shepherd Schools are free to attend school with their friends and build dreams together for their future.

    If you'd still like to give, or sponsor a child, there are only 5 days left. Thanks to a generous matching gift, your gift will go twice as far to help Dalit children and their families. Donate before May 31st, and double your impact! 

    Give Freedom Today.

     

  • Suraya was seven years old when she started studying at our Good Shepherd School , but she was already working to help support her family. After her father deserted them, Suraya and her mother struggled to make ends meet. Her mother worked in a match factory and every night she would bring matchboxes home for her daughter to assemble. 

    Thankfully, one of our Good Shepherd School managers came to know Suraya and her mother and invited her to attend the school. Suraya studied English, Math, Science and the local language and loved her classes so much that she decided to become a teacher herself.

    Last year, she completed her training through the Good Shepherd Teacher’s Training College and is now a teacher in the same school she herself attended.

  • India has the highest population of children in the world, with 40% of its 1.2 billion people under the age of 18. Many of these children are extremely impoverished, putting them at risk of being trafficked into child labour, forced labour, or bonded labour- a form of indentured servitude relatively unknown in the modern western world.

    Poverty, coupled with low social standing, makes Dalits especially vulnerable. In fact, almost 30% of the students at our Good Shepherd Schools have parents who are already bonded labourers; this greatly increases the chance that they too will become bonded labourers.

    Previously, parents felt that their children were destined to a life of economic hardship and limitations – just like theirs. But our Good Shepherd Schools are bringing hope into these communities. You are bringing hope into these communities.

    Through sponsorship, you make it possible for a Dalit child to receive an English language education and in doing so, protect them from being trafficked into a life of hard labour. Your sponsorship is an investment into the freedom and future of India’s most vulnerable children.

  • Here in Canada, education is something we sometimes take for granted. But in India, where schools aren’t always accessible or affordable, children and their families see education as a gift.

    Akash is one of our students. He lives in a Dalit village that did not have access to education before our Good Shepherd School was invited into the community. Because of this, Akash is the first in his family to ever attend school. His parents are so proud that their son has almost completed his primary education, and know that this education will lead to opportunities that did not exist for them when they were his age. Their wish is that many more families will be able to send their children to school as well.

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