A Message from the Executive Director


During my recent trip to India, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit eight Good Shepherd Schools and eleven Women’s projects that you made possible. As I walked through the rural villages, I felt so thankful for each one of you who give financially and care for these families. It is because of you that we can help–one child, one woman, one community at a time.

I am always overwhelmed by the number of people suffering in India, from poverty and lack of basic amenities, and those who simply cannot break free because of their caste status. As we have reached into the Dalit communities for 10 years now, we are seeing many lives transformed. I trust as you read this annual report that you will also be encouraged to see the change you are bringing to the forgotten people of India.

With great thanks,

Sherry Bailey
Executive Director

Deepthi’s Story of Hope

And Discovery of Freedom


The Dalit people have been facing caste discrimination for too long, but over the last ten years, your caring investment in the work we’re doing has enabled them to rise above their situation and find hope for their future! Your gifts truly change Dalit lives, so we hope that you’ll enjoy these stories of some of the Dalit people you’ve helped.

We get so excited when we see graduations at our Good Shepherd Schools. Years of hard work culminate in those thrilling moments when students who might never have received an education walk across the stage. Behind each and every cap and gown is a story of hope, made possible by your gifts.

Six years ago, a few members of our staff met Deepthi in a Bangalore slum and listened to her heartbreaking story. For many years, she and her mother were physically abused by their family before they were able to escape to a slum. Unfortunately, in their new home they were even more vulnerable to abuse.

Thankfully, when one of our staff members found Deepthi, she was open to telling her story. She was brought into one of our shelters and cried as she told her story and showed her scars. With support, Deepthi was able to recover emotionally and physically, and soon she began attending one of our Good Shepherd Schools.

Deepthi flourished in her new, caring environment. She became an outstanding student, working hard at her studies to beat her achievements every year. Last year, she graduated from Grade 10 with distinction!

Today, Deepthi is studying physics, chemistry, math and biology at a local university, earning the prerequisites to become a medical doctor. She is a beautiful, confident girl filled with hope for her future, and promises to be not only a skilled doctor—but also one filled with compassion for each person she treats.

Annual Report

Financials


At Dalit Freedom Network, we’re so grateful for caring people like you and we’re committed to being transparent in the way we operate. We truly value your gifts and are dedicated to making your generosity count, so we’re proud to publicly share this breakdown of our financials with you.

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Total Revenue 2015

$5,526,920

  • 88% to India Projects
  • 6% to Administration
  • 6% to Fundraisings

India Projects Funded

$4,402,844

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70%

Education Sponsorship

$3,048,865

18%

Classroom Construction

$795,351

6%

India Program Coordination

$294,137

3%

Hope for Dalit Women

$148,643

2%

Health Initiatives

$90,925

1%

Equipping Schools and Teachers

$24,923

  • 70% Education Sponsorship – $3,048,865
  • 18% Classroom Construction – $795,351
  • 6% India Program Coordination – $294,137
  • 6% Hope for Dalit Women – $148,643
  • 2% Health Initiatives – $90,925
  • 1% Equipping Schools and Teachers – $24,923

Program Highlights

Education


For many years, Deepthi and her mother were physically abused by their family before one of our outreach workers discovered them living in a slum. Today, after being educated at one of our Good Shepherd Schools, Deepthi is studying physics, chemistry, math and biology at a local university, earning the prerequisites to become a medical doctor!

Health & Meal Program


Too often, Jayan arrives at school hungry and without adequate lunch. But through our meal program, he receives a healthy lunch that includes an egg, milk and fruit—luxury items for a child like Jayan.

School


The Nandigaon Good Shepherd School began in 2008 in a small, rented house with 42 eager children sitting on the floor. Today, the school is educating 290 children from Kindergarten through Grade 7, in 15 classrooms. All of this was only possible because of caring donors and sponsors like you.

Women’s Programs


Laxmi married in Grade Seven and dropped out of school, leaving little chance of ever having a decently paid job. After her husband got hurt, she found our tailoring training centre, and was filled with hope as she graduated from the program with a new, dignified skill that empowers her to provide for her family.

One Donor’s Story:

From Suffering to Sympathy


Dalit Freedom Network donor, Heather Davies, has been suffering from a brain injury for the past two years. But instead of letting her suffering dictate her life, she’s used it as inspiration. This past year, Heather organized and hosted the Beauty from Ashes Gala to celebrate her 30th birthday and more importantly, to raise funds to support Dalit women and children in need. In total, the evening raised $5,500 and Heather plans to continue helping raise funds towards the cause.

“I wanted to use my suffering and use what everyone has done for me to help alleviate the suffering of others,” she explains. “These are not ‘women’s issues,’ they are ‘human issues.’”

And we agree! At Dalit Freedom Network, we’re incredibly thankful for Heather’s support. Together with the generous contributions of donors like you, she is truly changing the lives of Dalit women and children.

Give a One-Time Gift

Our Freedom Campaign is still underway! Would you consider giving a special one-time gift today to continue bringing freedom to the Dalits—or even commit to sponsoring a child’s education? Your generosity is what makes it possible for so many Dalit children, families and communities to experience freedom through education!