Who DFN Serves

Today, a new generation of Dalits is standing up for the rights of their people.

The history of marginalized people can be symbolized by a clay cup.

It is common in rural villages for drinks to be served in a clay cup. Those in marginalized groups are sometimes required to crush their cup on the ground after they use it, ensuring others from being “polluted” by drinking from the same cup in the future.

Due to their low position in society, marginalized people are often used without consequence. They are raped, held captive in brothels and temple ceremonies, and forced to work as bonded laborers. They are usually without education, without economic opportunities, without healthcare, without hope for their future.

It has been this way for 3,000 year. Marginalized groups are often considered less than human. Worthy only to be slaves, to be broken and crushed.

Today, a new generation of people is standing up for their rights. For education, for health, for economic opportunity. We are committed to standing alongside them.

Uneducated

Families often lack the educational opportunities that enable them to create a better future.
Uneducated

Unhealthy

Marginalized people often lack access to proper health care and services.

Unhealthy

Impoverished

Families living in poverty are without a means to gain marketable skills or income.

Impoverished

The Pathway to Freedom

We are a global coalition of supporters standing with the vulnerable and marginalized people in South Asia. Together, we mobilize people and resources to support these people's quest for a brighter future.
Education
Economic Empowerment
Healthcare

For Children

Children gain necessary skills in a safe, encouraging learning environment away from the hands of traffickers.

For Women

Women learn valuable trade skills so they can stand independently long-term.

For Communities

Over 100 Good Shepherd Schools across India are impacting 26,000 children.

For Children

Children receive education that enables them to go to college, get jobs, and break free from the cycle of poverty.

For Women

Grants empower women to start small businesses and increase income by 25% so they can support their families.

For Communities

Groups learn English and are trained in business practices for a variety of trades ranging from tailoring to electrical work.

For Children

Community health workers minister to children’s needs at local education centers.

For Women

Clinics and community health workers provide care to meet the specific needs of women’s health.

For Communities

Regional clinics provide preventive, curative, and diagnostic healthcare to vulnerable communities.