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Nonprofit Overview

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).

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

We first heard of this organization through our church. We have had a heart for human trafficing for years after becoming aware through a guest speaker. The DFN gave us an opportunity to actual do something by sponsoring a child to give him a hope of a better life that has not been given to him by his country. The courageous spirit of DFN to "ABOLISH" rather than "help lessen the numbers" of human trafficing is something we want to stand behind and be a part of. This is the meaning and mindset of a true warrior!

Donor

Rating: 5

DFN reaches out to those who are despised by their own culture, and thoughtfully, efficiently, and effectively breaks detrimental cultural barriers and therefore leads individuals to a life where they understand they are made in the image of Christ and are neither above nor below anyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

For more than a couple of years we have been supporting the work of Dalit Freedom Network. Our highlight, among others, it's the peace and joy we have knowing the money we send is going to the right way and to the right use, compering with other non profit organisations.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has been one of my more worthwhile commitments as to charitable organizations. To support a cause which not only brings education to children to raise them up to more hopeful futures but also speaks to the oppression of the Dalit people as a whole makes this an easy choice for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had been a regular sponsor to DFN until recently.I have wittnessed myself personally the changes it has brought to many dalit's life back in India.Also in the international scenario, DFN is such an active organisation to highlight & fight for the cause of Dalits.It's purely a Gods' job they do as good samaritans in the lovely land of India.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DFN for several years now. My husband and I sponsor a child and are very involved in the movement. We have been very blessed to be a part of DFN and find the organization, and it's current staff, to be extremely humble. They truly know it is God's heart to free the Dalit's, and are priviledged to be called to work with DFN. The organization operates with an incredible high standard for financial integrity. I do not have any concerns that our money is being used in the most effective way that will assist the schools in India.

Donor

Rating: 5

I strongly believe in the work of DFN. I have spent time with board members, regional directors, and sent staff to visit their schools in India. I serve as a pastor in NYC and we send teams to work with DFN. We have been very impressed. What DFN is accomplishing to be flourishing to one of the most oppressed peoples of our day is astounding and good for all of India.

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago, the Christian band Caedman's Call gave a concert at our church and promoted the work of the Dalit Freedom Network. Before that time, I had no knowledge whatsoever of the plight of the Dalit community and children in India. I was astounded that so many people - amounting to a number approximately two-thirds the population of the USA - were oppressed and discriminated against in the way that they are - even today. Since then I have followed the work that the DFN has been doing, watching their awareness campaigns and admired the work that they are doing building schools for Dalit children. This is one of the great unknown human rights issues of our time and the DFN has helped bring the story to the front pages of the major US news outlets. But there is more to be done, because not only are people in denial that the discrimination exists, but it is evident within the Christian Church as well as the Hindu community and it has spread to Indian communities in other parts of the world. Governments in the west continue to court India as a partner and, at the same time, refuse to address the human rights issue and link it to aid. Thank God for the DFN and especially the work they are doing to empower the next generation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I currently sponsor a young girl through the Dalit Freedom Network (4 years). I regularly receive in the mail hand-written letters and pictures drawn by my girl. It is THRILLING to read her letters to me and it allows me to know her on a personal level (her school grades, her daily life, her hobbies). Through this correspondence, I have been able to watch the progress and transformation of this young girl's English written skills and creative abilities. It is always a special moment when I hold her letters and pictures in my hands. I want to bring attention to the great administration of the Dalit Freedom Network. It is professional, personal and flawless. For example, I lived in Canada when I first signed up to sponsor a Dalit Freedom child. I contacted the Canadian Dalit Freedom Network and advised them that I was moving to the USA. They contacted the USA Dalit Freedom Network and arranged the transfer of my sponsored child's file. I was (and still am) thrilled that I was able to retain my same little girl, even across borders. Within 48 hours I had an email from the USA Dalit Freedom office, confirming the transfer of the file. The transfer was seamless. I value customer service and I can easily say the Dalit Freedom's customer service is unmatched. It is top-notch at both the Canadian and American offices. It is evident the Dalit Freedom Network strives for excellence in their work, in the management of (my) funds and in their daily service. Their positive impact spans from my little girl's home in India, to the classroom, to North America, to my home in the USA where it touches my heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

As the lowest caste, the Dalit people still suffer at the hands of others. By providing education and support for the children, and therefore the family, the possibilities for a very different future are put in place. Our small contribution will make a way for this child to climb out of the deep pit caste prejudice has put him into. Our child writes to us twice a year, and we get progress reports, with drawings. They are a joy to read.