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).
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to this cause for over a year. It is a great charity because they help get children who are at risk get out of their terrible situations. They help with food and education and are trying to end the slavery of these children. I cannot think of a better cause than this. Anytime you can get children out of prostitution you are making right choices. I pray for this organization and the children.

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I am sponsoring a Delit child and I think that without the Delit Freedom Network there would be a lot of children lost in this world. I totally support this organization and hope to do more in the future.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am able to have the macro and micro view as a donor, and see how my contributions help the children and the community as a whole.

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Seeing children grow

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wish more donors will become aware of the impact this organization is making in so many lives far away.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting 2 children for several years. I receive several letters a year from the children plus their pictures and school progress reports. I enjoy seeing them grow and progress.

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I receive reports and updates from the organization.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Dalit Freedom Network is helping a group of people who really are needy and oppressed. I applaud them for their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting a student through the DFN schools for over 4 years. I love having the opportunity to help empower a student whose social and economic status could have kept her from experiencing much success. I love that the love of Christ is shared with these students as well as academic knowledge. I receive letters and drawings from the student I support, and I post them to remind me to pray for her. She also reminds me that she prays for me.

Dalit Freedom Network keeps me informed about this student's progress and her family situation and health as well. They truly care for the whole child! I am honored to get to take part in my tiny little way in the ministry they do!

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I've experienced the results as I have heard reports from the president of the organization and have been able to see that one student completed school and now am able to support a new student.

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I would now know how to make the organization better. They seem to do a great job caring for these students.

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Rating: 4 stars  

We first encountered Dalit Freedom Network in 2005 while in college and instantly feel in love with the staff, vision and mission. We have been supporting a girl for the last 3 years and love hearing from her as well as updates on all the education centers. We could not think of a better organization to nominate for Education 4 All's non-profit award. Tim and Dana Kramer

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Rating: 4 stars  

We would like to see the Dalit Freedom Network awarded the Education4 all great nonprofits award. We sponsor a child and have been very impressed with their organization and with the help they are giving these kids.
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I'd like to recommend DFN for the Education 4 All Great Nonprofits Award. I have been sponsoring a child for a number of years, and DFN is a fantastic organization, working to better the lives of the Indian Dalit by providing education for their children—kids who for thousands of years have been denied the right to be educated and live without fear of injustice and poverty.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have supported two children through the Dalit Freedom Network for four years. Having been a contributor to various humanitarian causes over the years I am impressed with both the Mission of the Dalit Freedom Network and the organizational competency they demonstrate to operate a well run non-profit organization. The world today offers tremendous opportunity to help others and I am proud to be associated with the Dalit Freedom Network in their quest to improve lives through the education of children throughout India.

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I have been sponsoring a child through this network for several years now, and there is no reason to stop! It is appalling that the caste system should judge a person worthy of an education or not. The Dalit are the lowest of the low- with no real name for their kind. They are not given adequate jobs to support families, and with not enough money for food, these children are destined to a life without education and a repeat of this cycle. Through the Dalit Freedom Network, these children are given an opportunity to gain an education and be valued in a society that otherwise does not give them either. It only takes one to change, and this network is the start.

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