Why did you change your name from Dalit Freedom Network to Dignity Freedom Network?
We changed our name to ensure that our clients were bestowed with the dignity that is inherent in every human life. While ethnicity is an extremely important and empowering aspect of someone’s identity, for a large group of people in South Asia it results in their marginalization. By changing the focus of our name from ethnicity to empowerment, it is our hope that the people we serve will recognize their inherent human worth, which is deserving of dignity, regardless of societal rank.
Are you still the same organization?
Yes, we are still the same organization, but more. We will continue to provide scholarships to children born into the lowest rung of India’s social hierarchy and we will continue to build schools. We’ve also expanded the services we offer. Under our new name and vision, we will provide healthcare and health services to people who are marginalized due to their ethnicity.
Will you continue to focus on serving the Dalit population?
Yes, we will continue to serve children, women and men who are part of the Dalit population in India. We also serve individuals in other marginalized groups and castes.
It looks like the words ‘dignity’ and ‘freedom’ are integral to your new name. What do they mean?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, dignity means “the quality or state of being worthy, honoured, or esteemed.”
Freedom is defined as “the quality or state of being free: such as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.”
Do you still have the same charitable registration number?
Yes, our charitable registration number will remain the same. It is 844803544RR0001.
Do you still have the same mailing address?
Yes, our mailing address will remain the same. It is Dignity Freedom Network Canada, P.O. Box 45645, Surrey BC, V4A 9N3