I am supporting a second child through the Dalia Freedom Network. I first heard about this organization several years ago now via a Caedmon's Call CD ("Share the Well") and I was deeply impacted by the stories of the "untouchable" people of India. What joy to see the power of Christian faith and love in these children! I love receiving letters from my sponsored child, and I am very thankful for this ministry!
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 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.
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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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.
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.
Dalit Freedom Network is helping a group of people who really are needy and oppressed. I applaud them for their work.
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!
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
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.
Dave, Stephanie and Matthew Gresh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!