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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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Kumar B.

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Rating: 1

this is a ploy to divide india.policies of nehru and indira made india to grow into this mess and not the oppression.Americans are following the same divide and rule policy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband had the privilege to see a DFN school in India earlier this year and meet the teachers and children. He was very impressed with what he saw. The Dalit Freedom Network is providing quality education for the underprivileged children of India. In addition to building schools, they provide financial assistance to the children via sponsorships, so the families do not have to pay for their education. The education is provided in English, which gives the children a unique chance to move up in society upon graduation and provide adequately for their families in the future. DFN is to be recommending for their effort to change lives and communities in this way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a financial supporter and volunteer with DFN since its inception. In my mind, there is no better organization meeting the needs of at rick kids in India, than DFN. DFN's partnership with OM India affords them an amazing opportunity to be involved with providing the best quality English medium education for the lowest cast of India kids, the Dalits. This gives these kids the one chance they'll have to break out of the caste system and improve their lives. This is a great place to invest your finances and your time. Gene Kissinger

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I gave a presentation about the Dalits of India to a group of 100 students. Dalit Freedom Network provides resources for people like me who are interested in social justice and who need tools to communicate the plight of oppressed peoples and ways in which average North Americans can help. Their work to provide care, education, and advocacy for the Dalits is excellent.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was amazed during my time in India at the dedication of the both the local Indians and the team from DFN who worked on this 2 week medical missions. They served humbly and wholeheartedly and nothing was too much trouble. During the medical clinics over 3500 people were treated free of charge. I was shocked at the poverty and conditions the Dalits presented with. For many Dalits this would be the only medical treatment they would receive that year. The children from the school helped with translation and you could see the difference the education centres had made in their lives. They were articulate, smiling, in clean uniform and looked well nourished when I compared them to the other Dalit children who were not in the school program. This is such a worthy cause and is breaking the chains of poverty, injustice and slavery in India.