Dalit Freedom Network

Rating: 4.62 stars   100 reviews

Address:

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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202-375-5000
www.dalitnetwork.org

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Reviews for Dalit Freedom Network

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Although I am yet to be actively involved in this organisation, being aware of the grave and inhuman treatment the Dalits are suffering in India, I am greatful to Almighty that there are organisations like these who are brave and empathatic enough to stand for them and help them, when 'modern' India is unashamedly brushing the issue under the carpet for as long as they can!

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

Though I am not actively involved in this organisation, may God give all the resources to this organisation to help the hapless people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have felt a call in the past year to become involved with an organization that seeks justice for oppressed people. The Dalit Freedom Networks wants to see the Dalit-Bahujan people freed from oppression as they are considered the outcast and untouchables of Indian society. I had the opportunity to see the results of the DFN model of community transformation of the 4 fold model of education, medical support, economic development, and human rights advocacy. Through the DFN, Dalits have a partner to help them be a voice for the voiceless.

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

I spent 2 weeks in India learning about Dalit Education Centers and the ongoing work to transform communities there. I have seen the transformation through English education and the opportunities given to Dalit children to live with dignity & respect.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would only hope that more people would become involved with child sponsorship so more schools could be built and more lives could be changed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

was the dedication of the staff. I saw many people who have dedicated their lives to this organization with many at great sacrifice to their own standard of living in order to serve in the Dalit people.Many communities and lives have a hope for the future

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

amazing because I had the opportunity to visit with the key leaders and Dalit Education Center managers, I was able to see the amount of dedication and concern for the people and for transforming the villages they were serving in.

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

build more Dalit Education centers, could transform the lives of more poverty stricken kids and their families, and could transform many rural areas of India and give them a hope for the future.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to participate with the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to raise funds through child sponsorship and raise awareness to the international community to make people aware of the plight of the Dalit people and their oppression

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is one of the most critical issues of our day, this modern slavery in India the oppression of the Dalit people.

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

DFN is GREAT! I’m appalled by some of the negative reviews. There is no other organization helping India’s Dalits like this. Giving the children an English education, bringing health care to Dalit communities, and the economic empowerment to the poorest people in that country. They’ve established 100 schools and 25,000 children are being educated in them. India’s kids are the most at risk kids in the world—Kids live in discarded sewer pipes; kids live in villages where rats are the primary diet; kids are so hungry, they die before they turn 5; kids whose parents are slaves. DFN is saving Dalit children. Look at the faces in their headers; these are happy children. Look at these results. This is the best hope that 250 million Dalits have. Get on board, America!

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

their day to day commitment to their objectives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Dalit Freedom Network is the best organization I found, and a friend with much experience with Dalits recommended, that works with Dalits to meet their needs. They are an excellent organization, and always professional in every communication I have had with them. I certainly recommend them!

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

I contacted them via email and calling on different occasions, and have always had a professional and timely response. They are also kind and considerate.

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

Professional, kind, considerate, and cheerful.

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

change the lives of Dalits and of Indians, as well as others in the process of helping those in destitution.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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