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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


Rating: 5

The Dalit Freedom Network has blessed my life by opening the opportunity for my family to sponsor a Dalit child. Receiving letters from our child as well as reports on how he is doing educationally has been such a blessing to us. Education is crucial as it will give these children opportunities in life they would never have otherwise.


Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity organization. It provides education for the children of untouchables (Dalits) in India. In addition, there are many selections of business and service opportunities for Dalit adults with a wide range of contribution categories. The personnel are wonderful in that they quickly answer any questions you may have. I have corresponded several times with a young woman in Colorado who is a liaison to the sponsorhip of the children. She has always provided me with answers.


Rating: 5

DFN works with Indian partners to educate Dalit children and reverse their destiny of oppression, which is a key to community transformation. The mission of DFN is to empower the Dalits, at their request,for dignity by networking human, financial, and informational resources. This is a non-profit with strong financial accountability, a vital mission, and growing numbers of children being educated.


Rating: 5

DFN is a phenomenal charity working to educate the Dalit children of India through English medium schools. They are freeing many Dalits from lives of slavery, oppression and poverty through the Dalit Education Centers. I highly recommend this organization. DFN speaks out against caste discrimination and helps children (and women) know their worth in the site of God.