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.
Total Revenue 2016
- 80% to India Projects
- 9% to Administration
- 11% to Fundraisings
India Projects Funded
India Program Coordination
Hope for Dalit Women
Equipping Schools and Teachers
- 70% Education Sponsorship – $2,104,017
- 20% Classroom Construction – $568,654
- 3% India Program Coordination – $85,298
- 1% Hope for Dalit Women – $28,433
- 1.5% Health Initiatives – $42,649
- -0.5% Equipping Schools and Teachers – $14,216
Swetha, who is only 11 years old, lives in a one-bedroom concrete hut in the Rasoolpura slum, with her family. Swetha has often been left responsible for all of the household chores, including cooking, cleaning and taking care of her three younger siblings. She carries a heavy burden, knowing that she could be married off soon or sent out to work. Her parents work so hard, putting in long hours for very little pay. They can hardly afford the very modest home that the six of them share.
Thankfully, generous supporters like you are enabling Swetha to go to a Good Shepherd School. It’s a welcome break from her strenuous home life. She loves learning about science in her classes, and dreams of becoming a doctor one day.
Like all girls her age, Swetha is not ready to be married off yet. She deserves a childhood free from the responsibilities of adulthood, where she can learn and take the first steps toward a bright future for herself.
We are so grateful for gifts like yours that allow Swetha and other children like her to receive an education. Thank you.
Health & Meal Program
At age nine, Pavan only weighed 35 pounds. He thought it was a really good day if he got a bit of chutney with his rice. But sometimes, he didn’t even get the rice.
Pavan’s parents were out of work, watching as their son became weaker before their eyes. When our feeding program was started at the Good Shepherd school that Pavan attended, it was a welcome relief. Our feeding programs give children like Pavan a healthy lunch six days a week.
In the last few months, Pavan has gained some healthy weight! His school’s community healthcare worker reports that he has gained 9 pounds and we know that it’s all because of loyal support like yours!
We are pleased to report that our special anniversary project, a new school building for Dumka Village, is underway. Through our fall dinner events and your generous support, the land has now been purchased and this spring, we’re beginning construction! The new building will have 10 classrooms and will have proper toilet facilities and a well.
Already, 107 students attend classes in the cramped rental facility. We are thrilled that students will soon be learning in spacious, well-lit classrooms, equipped for success. This school will not only transform the lives of students, but also surrounding communities. Thank you for making this possible.
Sunita was a very timid Dalit woman who was married off at an early age. For years she would hardly leave her one-room hut. Then one day, one of our tailoring instructors knocked on her door to invite her to a training program.
Sunita had not been invited to any kind of social event in many years. She was touched by this stranger’s kindness, and in six months, she graduated and began her own tailoring business.
Today, Sunita is not only a confident business woman who is able to provide for her family, she is teaching other women how to sew! She has a purpose and a future, and she is empowering others to discover the same for themselves.