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: 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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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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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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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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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

What the Dalit Freedom Network does on the ground in India is fantastic. The lives of Dalit men, women and children really are being changed and impacted for the better. I have seen as much on my trips to India. The organization itself is in a dire situation, both financially and concerning its staff. There is no consistency in who is in charge of anything, communication is sporadic at best, and I recieve infrequent updates on my sponsored children- sometimes, only if I ask for them. (I was paying for a dropped out child for a year and no one bothered to tell me my child was no longer in school.) I tried to take my issues to the president in the spring of 2010, and she couldn't be bothered to call me back. It's a shame that we donors cannot donate directly to India and don't have to go through DFN. I believe in the work being done on the ground, but DFN is taking 15% of my donation to poorly run a dysfuctional organization.

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

my visits to India. Obtaining information from the staff regarding specific children or projects has proved incredibly difficult.

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

treat your staff better. Consistency in your staff makes all the difference to your donors! Be honest and transparent with your staff changes and financial records. Your donors need to feel as though you are trustworthy or they won't continue to donate.

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

seeing my sponsored children grow up.

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

fantastic, mostly. The staff were (before they were all let go) hardworking and dedicated to the cause.

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

take 15% of it and maybe, when they got around to it, wire the rest to India.

Ways to make it better...

every time I called the staff person I was trying to reach hadn't just left/ been let go.

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

the leadership. If the staff were treated with dignity and respect, the donors were treated as human beings and not just paychecks and the organization had the personnel on the ground in India, they would much, much more effective.

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

I can't reiterate enough times how much I believe in what's going on in India through the partner organizations. I sincerely wish I could donate directly to them. Also, I am not the only one who feels this way!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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