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).
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 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.
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!
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!