Dalit Freedom Network

Rating: 4.56 stars   102 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

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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Rating: 5 stars  

The Dalit Freedom Network is doing the work I would do if I could physically be in India today. I am so grateful for their programs and for my precious Dalit child! There are few programs and nonprofits more important or more influential on a global level than the Dalit Freedom Network.

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

...great donor relations, seamlessly connecting donors to needy children.

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  

What a privilege to be a part of the freedom of a suppressed people group! For thousands of years, they have felt devalued and oppressed and finally an organization has stepped up to speak out for their value as human beings with a strategy to bring them into freedom. And with that... some day, the beautiful country of India will be a better place, a more whole place, as a result.

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

going with others to India and working with DFN in schools, teaching Dalit women at conferences of their value and worth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first hear about the Dalit freedom network on the radio, and was deeply moved by the stories I heard of the horrific way in which the dalits are treated. Although the caste system was supposedly banned, dalits are still discriminated against, especially in the more rural regions of India. DFN's sponsorship progran is especially meaningful to me. Just looking through the pictures of the thousands of dailt children brought tears to my eyes; they are no different than the many other children in India, and yet they are so poorly treated. I would strongly reccomend the sponsorship program. With just 28 dollars per month, you will change a dailt child's life by supplying them with the educationg they need to fight against discrimination!

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

The sponsorship provided through DFN is wonderful. Although I have only been sponsoring my child for a year, he has already written me letters; in each letter, often more than once, he thanks me for sponsoring him; I feel I am helping to change his future

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  

Outstanding Organization! Knowing I have a direct impact on a childs education and other various needs through DFN gives me great satisfaction. Both of the children I have sponsored have become very personal to me and my family and the follow up we receive from DFN letting us know how our sponsored child is doing is school is wonderful!

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

I sponsor a Dailit Child (and have for a couple years) it has been nothing but a great pleasure to work with the organization.

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  

I heard about the Dalit Freedom Network through my church. This organization educated us on the need of sponsorships so that children (the very poor in India) may be educated. The Dalit Freedom Network provides safe schools where English is taught to the children, where they also incorporate the goodness of God. If we all helped educate children around the world, we can help remove poverty from this earth. I have been very pleased with the way the Dalit Freedom Network helps the children and their families. I will pray for their continued success.

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

This organization has completely educated me on the people and caste system of India. I know the money I contribute on a monthly basis provides safety for children. If they are educated their future is brighter for all of them.

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

I know they are making a difference with this world one child at a time.

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

Compassionate, empathetic, caring and full of the holy spirit.

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

change the world. They have the compassion to help everyone. They care about the oppressed and have made it a goal to try to educate the earth to remove hate, poverty, and hunger.

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  

We learned about the Dalit Freedom Network originally through our church partnership/sponsorship of several schools in India to provide education to the Dalit children. We love the work DFN is doing in India to stop the atrocity of the caste system there... providing these children and their families the training and education to free them from the cruel position forced on them by their society. To support these children each month provides the necessary funds to continue this important work and the Dalit Freedom Network has been very accountable in keeping us in touch with our sponsored children and getting us timely receipts. We are greatful to be a small part of this humanitarian work going on in India.

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

Seeing results of the first graduating class last year from one of the schools our church helped build.

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  

I am very impressed with Dalit Freedom Network - their passion and energy for the Dalit people, accountability to donors, frequent and creative communication with their supporters, regular letters from sponsored children, along with photos and updates from the schools. I highly recommend this organization.

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

hearing the stories of the Dalit people has impacted my life. Being offered a means by which I can contribute to Dalit freedom is a true gift to me. My perspective in life is broadened by being made aware of the lives of others on this planet.

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: 1 stars  

I'd say this was one of the more disappointing experiences I've had as a donor and an advocate. The events I attended were well organized and really inspirational, but then I received almost no follow up. I made a second attempt to reach out to be involved because I really believed in the cause. I called the organization and one of the staffers worked with me to plan an event at my home so I could invite my friends, neighbors, church people to learn about the Dalits. She had a lot of great ideas, but it seems like the "higher ups" were always saying "NO." She wasn't able to follow through on some of the ideas and it just wasn't her fault. I appreciated her effort. So in general they seem pretty disorganized/dysfunctional on the U.S. side. The only connection I had to India was through my sponsored child so I didn't really get a sense of the organizational politics on that side of the ocean.

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

events about the Dalits.

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

figure out the leadership issues and fix it so that you can really make a difference.

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

The people I had direct contact with were friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the cause.

Ways to make it better...

the leaders had a "can do" attitude.

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

poor leadership, followup

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

although they say that they are the only Dalit focused organization in the U.S., I've found others. So if you want to be involved in this cause, I encourage you to shop around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

well i hv been in touch with dalit network for the past four years by sponsoring a girl child from rural india. well i get bi annual reports of the childs progress, a letter written by the child, and they also provide for meeting the child. their team in usa has been so friendly. whenever in case of troubleshooting in payment problems etc.

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

sponsoring a child

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  

Dalit Freedom Network is a great organization. I sponsored a child for 4 years that really touched my heart. Through DFN, they provided me with updated information, pictures, and even letters with colored pictures from my little Meera and Bihmala. I was able to stay connected with my girls and write to them. I was also able to work closely with DFN to plan an event for my college campus. Unfortunately the event fell through on my end but they were excellent staff to work with. Their heart for India is simply astonishing. I highly recommend them to everyone to donate their money, time, and resources to help little girls attend school like my little Meera.

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

Child Sponsorship. I was able to financially sponsor 2 young girls go to school. I unfortunately had to stop due to a lack in finances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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