From Poverty to Hope
Message from the Executive Director
Growing up in rural India can be difficult. Untouchability is still a part of everyday life and for Dalit people, this practice equates to harassment at work, school, and even in public.
Dalit men and women are often refused jobs, leaving them with little control over their lives. They must work for employers that capitalize on their plight, paying them mere pennies for their back-breaking work. Many Dalit people become indebted to their employers for life.
A vicious cycle of poverty ensues, in which children grow up to take on their parents’ debt, paid off with bonded labour. It really is modern-day slavery.
When we welcome children into our Good Shepherd Schools, we are careful to tell them that they have value and worth. Gradually, the children bring home stories of hope to their parents, and positive change spreads throughout the communities.
Our mission also focuses on the empowerment of women. By teaching them practical, employable skills, we provide options and the tools to change the course of their futures.
When you give, you are providing freedom—socially, economically and spiritually. Thank you for your continued generosity!
Executive Director, Dalit Freedom Network Canada