Dalit Freedom Network

Rating: 4.55 stars   101 reviews

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Location: 631 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E Suite 2 Washington DC 20003 USA

Mission: The Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) is a human rights, non-government organization that partners with the Dalit people in India. We represent a vast network of justice-minded, modern-day abolitionists committed to bringing freedom to history’s longest standing oppressed people group. We believe that we can end Dalit injustices, such as human trafficking and child labor, and make slavery history in India. Our major partners are Operation Mercy Charitable Company (OMCC), Operation Mercy India Foundation (OMIF), and the All-India Confederation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Organizations (SC-ST Confederation).
Results: Currently we have established 100 schools, with nearly 25,000 children enrolled.
Target demographics: The Dalit Freedom Network partners with the Dalit people of India, also known by demeaning labels such as "untouchables," "outcastes," and recently "slumdogs." The Dalits constitute 25% of India's 1.2 biliion population---250 million people---nearly the population of the United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our 5-year goal is to establish 1,000 schools and educate 500,000 of India's precious Dalit children
Geographic areas served: India
Programs: The cornerstone of our Community Transformation Model is Education. We believe that education changes a nation and that education is the issue that solves all other issues. Our Healthcare, Economic Development, and Social Justice work throughout India are launched from our schools, called Dalit Education Centers (DECs).
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Inhale loved being involved with DFN. Imam a teacher in the USA and have spent the last four summers in India. I have been able to meet one of my sponsor children and have blessed to visit her home and family on many occasions. I have loved traveling around, visiting teachers, and working together. My life has been enriched, I can't wait to go back!

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Rating: 1 stars  

I have worked for the Dalit Freedom Network for a few years as a volunteer. I was very frustrated with the fact that the organization had no ideas to share on how I could help the Dalit situation from my home in the US. Every event I had planned and I had to come up with my own ideas. Then I was asked to share these ideas with them and they then became their ideas. I received NO credit for my creative ideas and no recognition at the conference. Although my intentions for volunteering was not for recognition, I feel every volunteer needs some kind of recognition for their efforts. At the conference we learned only what some of the staff was responsible for. We did not get to hear what the other volunteers were doing to raise support. We all gave our ideas on paper. We were promised a copy, which we never received. I love what DFN represents but I hate the fact the staff seems too self involved and forget that they are there for the good of the Dalits. We spent a lot of money for the conference and NO ONE at DFN followed through with anything they promised to help us become more involved. I now work independently for the betterment of the Dalits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending conference and holding events to raise money for DFN

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

it is realy great service to dalit community in india.i come to know about DFN by net, so iwnt to join ,i spent some time in my life with DFN. dr . rc.aruldas dr.selvarani michael

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was able to see the fruit of this ministry for myself and was very impressed and encouraged. After my visit our church formalized a partnership with DFN to fuel their work of serving the Dalits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the fruit of their labors firsthand in Southern India. I was able to visit their schools and see the holistic work of renewal their doing in the Dalit communities.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the DFN, Health Initiative is run by the OMIF and I had a time to visit the work in the nearby slums in Hyderabad, (A.P) India. I could see the work that many people had come for medical treatment. The people who came are dalits and are daily wage workers who get about 50 to a dollar for their hard work.Their low wages deprive them to good and proper health care. So this is where the Health Initiative Department steps in as a facilitator so they can be health once again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Due to the experience with the OMIF - DFN Health Programme.It motivated me to join the Health Initiative Programme as permanent staff as I feel this is what I need to do for some years.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been working in OM India many years ago and kept contact all these years, also by several visits. After attending a conference at OM base in Hyderabad in 2005 we were impressed by the opportunities there are to help Dalit communities and the commitment of Indian friends to start 100 schools for Dalit children. We returned to Sweden and started sponsorship program for Dalit children. We have now 110 children fully sponsored. The advocacy program of DFN is also of much importance and this autumn we are part of starting Dalit Freedom Network Sweden for advocay, information and support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing 100 schools started by OM India Foundation (Dalit Education Centres). I have personally visited India several times and the last few years visited some of the DEC schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

For several years, we have supported a young Dalit girl. DFN has kept us informed on her progress and the progress of their ministry. We often receive letters from this precious girl and are able to write to her also. DFN has allowed us to impact a life for Christ that we otherwise would have been unable to do. I appreciate this ministry's approach to providing for the whole person. Not only do they share Christ's love, but they are also His hands. DFN provides an education which will equip these children to better their lives and the lives of their families. I am very privileged to be allowed to be a part of this work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the monthly letters from my supported child and updates from DFN.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity This organization has a wonderful plan to educate and train not only children, but also women. Many of these women are learning English, computer skills and sewing skills. It is great organization with a great vision to end the plight of these "untouchables".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I sponsor one of the young girls attending their school. I will be traveling there in November to teach and encourage them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, intelligent and wonderfully committed to their purpose.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate more and more children to lift them out of poverty.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm part of 3 international impact teams. The needs these dalit kids have is 2nd to none I've seen anywhere in the world. What this organization is doing is great. One reason is because there are very few resources to help these kids in India. When you see kids with literally nothing, having gone through unspeakable hardships & they're still smiling, it's a real blessing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Informed by friends involved with India.

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One time

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2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a participant in two trips to India through DFN I cannot fully explain the magnitude of the work these people do. The oppression in India is beyond anything we in America could even imagine, but the joy and beauty displayed by the Dalits will change your life forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

various DFN and operation mobilization schools and villages around India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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