Sherry BaileyExecutive Director
Dalit Freedom Network Canada
The past year has held challenges for many Dalit communities in India and around the world. But despite these challenges, we hear stories of hope everyday. The dedication and joy I see in the faces of the students I’ve met outshines the poverty and challenges.
Thank you for everything you’ve given over the past year. None of what we do in rural India would be possible without generosity like yours. That’s why, today I’m thrilled to be able to report on some of what you’ve recently helped us achieve. I hope that in reading this annual report, you will discover the same joy that you’ve brought others by giving.
With a grateful heart,
Joseph D’souzaInternational President
Dalit Freedom Network
I am incredibly grateful for all of our Canadian supporters, who give selflessly to help Dalits who are struggling in India. Because of you, our reach into these rural communities has extended further than ever this year—helping more than 5,000 children attend school.
You are also providing healthcare for whole communities and training men and women so they can start their own, self-sustaining businesses. By giving and praying, you become an integral part of this movement and extend our reach farther and wider than ever. Thank you.
Muriel and her husband Jack have seen first-hand the difference that Good Shepherd Schools are making in the lives of Dalits. On their first visit, they met Muhammed, their sponsored child. Most of his classmates had no sponsors. They were crowded into a very small building, sitting on the cement floor. There were no toilets or running water, and no playground. At one school a child died from a snake bite.
“The dedicated teachers did the best they could with the little that they had,” says Muriel. “But what a difference we saw in other schools where most of the children were sponsored!”
When their church helped build a school in Bondugula, “land was purchased and a 'real school' was built,” says Muriel. “Back in Canada, we were delighted to hear of the new toilets, and the big classrooms with real desks.”
We’re so grateful for people like Jack and Muriel! Sponsoring a child is a chance to transform a child's life.
Your gifts begin by bringing education to Dalit children, but it’s so much more than providing classrooms and teachers. Because of generosity like yours, the Dalits are finding true freedom and dreaming of brighter futures.
Your generosity has…
- Sponsored 532 children, bringing the total number of sponsorships to 5,200
- Funded 25 new classrooms in 4 schools
- Supplied 45 desks so children can focus
- Resourced 1 library
- Built 1 playground
- Funded 1 healthcare worker for a full year
- Provided 87,387 lunches to hungry students
- Provided 325 children with mid-day meals for an entire year
- Opened 3 new tailoring training centres
- Trained 676 Dalit women in our vocational training centres
If the stories and updates we’ve shared have inspired you to give, please don’t hesitate to make a donation today and bring freedom to more Dalits. Help us take freedom even further in 2017!
Please give generously to make education and freedom possible for poor and marginalized children in India. Your contribution will open up possibilities through education that could only be dreamed of before.