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  

My wife and I support two boys in a rural school in Uttar Pradesh. We have sponsored them for several years. We get regular updates and letters from the two boys as well as the school. We have followed up to get independent verification of the state of the school. We have a very high opinion of the transparency and authenticity of the organization. We highly recommend them and their vision for the Dalits of India.

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I am able to fund 3 the education of 3 Dalit children, who are learning the message that they are valuable creations and not sub-human because of their caste. They are being given life through this message and also through their education, which will give them possibilities of jobs and careers. Without this education, there is no hope for them. I receive photos and biographical data of each child, as well as periodic postings of their grades and graduations. For less than $30.00 per month, I am able to do this for each child that I sponsor. I am horrified by the continuing effects of the caste system, but glad to be able to enable positive change for some of its victims.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I sponsor a young girl in India. Because of my contribution she is able to get schooling. It is such a blessing knowing that she has this opportunity, when normally in her circumstances she wouldn't have it. I know she has a hard life; her family is struggling. I love to receive letters and drawing from her, but even more I am thankful that I can support her and write words of encouragement to her.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I sponsor a girl who attends school in India, and it is such a joy and pleasure to get her letters. She also send pictures. I have written her back, and it's great to see her growing up.
I think it is so important to educate these impoverished children who are looked down and treated as lower-class simply because of their birth. Education is such a vital step in these childrens' lives to change society. I'm so glad I can part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am blessed to sponsor a child through the Dalit Freedom Network. She is a special girl in India who I have had the privledge of getting to know through her letters and regular updates through DFN. One of the things I really appreciate about this organization is that I may e-mail my sponsored child and that letter is then forwarded to her. This way I may include photos of my family and pets, which she really enjoys receiving.

Updates from the Dalit Freedom Network come several times a year, and I am able to read of the positive impact they are making in ministering to the Dalit peoples of India and their children.

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

Helping a young child and her family through sponsorship.

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

Allow small gifts (like stickers) to be sent to my sponsored child.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Dalit are the most persecuted group in India due to their status as the lowest caste within the caste system. As such they are treated worse than garbage, unable even to send their children to school, find employment, or even get water from the village wells without begging for it. They are physically and emotionally abused. When I first learned of them, I knew in my heart that I needed to become involved to help ease this suffering, and sponsoring a little girl was the best way for me to do this. I am able to write to her, and she writes back to me. I get updates on her progress in school as well.

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

being able to help a young girl and her family so they may rise from the oppression of the caste system.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a proud donor to Dalit Freedom Network, and have had my expectations exceeded with the thorough nature of this charity's work and communication regarding my donations.

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

I see regular correspondence regarding how my donation is being used and the progress of the child.

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

Nothing I know of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dalit Freedom Network is a wonderful and trustworthy organization that I'm blessed to be a part of. They are making a difference in the lives of children every day by breaking the cycle of abuse and poverty. They are a true "voice" for the children and are giving them a second chance at life. I have been a child sponsor for three years now and find it very rewarding and life changing. I really enjoy getting to know my sponsor child through letter writing and know that my involvement is having a significant impact on her life!

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

sponsoring a child and receiving letters from her as well as updates from the Dalit Education Centers. I also had an opportunity to hear Dr. Joseph D'souza speak at my church & share how the DFN is making great strides in bringing hope to the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

In October 2009, I visited some of the schools in India financed by DFN and was extremely pleased with the strategic approach implemented to help the Dalit people. There is a huge need and there are limited resources. How to proceed? Schools are truly a long-term, impactful and effective approach by which precious children are educated enabling them with tremendous opportunities that they would never have otherwise. A team of faithful locals are efficiently driving these projects with an inspirational vision. Dalits are so despised in most of India society, that people don’t let the shade of a Dalit person touch them in order not be cursed thereafter. I had the opportunity to shake the little hands of hundreds of children and it was amazing to see their faces instantly illuminated with bright eyes and beautiful wide smiles.

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

Yes. I saw the schools, hundreds of kids. I visited the clinics, met the doctors, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of the Dalit people group a few years ago when a team of women from our church went to India to minister to the Dalit. As a prayer token, I received a small, rough clay cup. It is a sample of what the Dalits are given when they ask for a drink in India. The Dalit are considered sub-human and thought to be filthy, so they are not given a glass like you or I would receive. They are given a clay cup, which is immediately broken after they use it so that no "human" will use it and be "contaminated". This single glimpse into the abuse of the Dalit people broke my heart, and I have prayed for them ever since. A year later, at a church conference I learned of many, many more abuses the Dalits suffer, especially the children, who are often kidnapped or sold into prostitution. I also learned about what the Dalit Freedom Network is doing to alleviate Dalit suffering and to bring them to their rightful place in humanity. It's more than an honor to give to DFN and to know that my dollars are carefully guarded, wisely spent, and will affect the destiny and eternity of a people whose time has come. I have nothing but the greatest respect for Dr. Ana Steele, with whom I was associated through my employer, OneHope. She is one strong woman, and her dogged determination to free the Dalits is inspiring many of us to answer the call to DO something!

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

the reports I hear back from the field when I get to hear how our prayers and giving are making a difference. I've sponsored friends on missions trips to India, and I co-sponsor a beautiful little girl from India.

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

give them the depth and breadth of reach that only more donors will give them.

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

being made aware of a beautiful, precious people and their crushing need, in a way that gives me hope for their future and a direct way to help them.

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

dedicated, purposeful, and driven, yet humble and gracious.

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

change the world by giving freedom to millions who no longer even dare to dream of it.

Ways to make it better...

I could have given more.

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

the awakening of an apathetic world and a sleepy church to the desperate need of millions, and helping people see it IS our responsibility to the human race and to God to right these wrongs.

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

I'm grateful that DFN is out there, doing what none of us could do alone. It's such a privilege to come alongside and help them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

It means a lot to me to be able to enrich the lives of some of the poorest of the poor. DFN provides hope for those who would have none. I love getting letters from the children I support and hearing how they are doing.

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

the letters I receive from the children I support.

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

can't think of any.

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

the opportunity to support children who benefit greatly by getting an education.

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

helpful

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

help a lot of children!

Ways to make it better...

can't think of anything

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

the great numbers of children in need

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

They are doing a wonderful work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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