About Dignity Freedom Network
We are a group of Australians and New Zealanders joining hands with an international network of people who care about India’s oppressed. We desire to see marginalised people set free through education and empowerment. Keep reading to learn more about how you can partner with us.
There are many marginalised and vulnerable communities in India that need people to partner with them to break the poverty cycle.
But their story doesn’t end here, watch our video to see what can be possible through supporters like you!
We are committed to helping India’s oppressed, realise their human worth and dignity and gain self-reliance. Our mission is to bring hope and to empower the vulnerable people by providing access to quality education, healthcare and vocational training. We believe everyone should have a chance at a bright future, regardless of social standing.
These people are robbed of their dignity. We strive to change attitudes around this practice and to help them find what every human being deserves: freedom from discrimination; economically, socially and educationally.
Our 5 Main Goals
With the help of our supporters, we strive to:
See hope and dignity restored to Jogini women and girls through empowerment projects, economic development, health initiatives, community care and our anti human trafficking programme.
Provide quality, english medium education to vulnerable children though our child sponsorship programme and raising funds for schools in rural and remote areas of India, giving the students an opportunity to feel valued; to strengthen their self-esteem by teaching them of their own human worth and of social equality and dignity.
Provide valuable job training and vocational skills centres, enabling poorer women and children to escape poverty and build a brighter future for their family.
Develop health education and disease prevention programs across India, helping to create healthier communities.
Raise Australian awareness of the opportunity to help vulnerable communities.
International President of Dalit Freedom Network
Dr. Joseph D’Souza
For the past 25 years Dr. Joseph D’Souza has become a spokesperson for marginalised peoples in India and around the world. Dr. D’Souza was inspired to take up the cause when he met with village leaders in 2001 and they requested help for their children.
They said, “Please provide our children with education and English language skills. Tell them they are people of value and worth.” Dr. D’Souza committed to build schools for the poor and marginalised, and today there are Good Shepherd Schools in rural villages throughout India.
He became a founding member of the All India Christian Council in 1998 . He has published two books on the history and plight of the vulnerable people. Dr. D’Souza travels all over India and the world, bringing awareness to the plight of the these people. His headquarters are in India.
Suraya* was just seven years old when she started studying at our Good Shepherd School, but she was already working to help support her family. Her single mother worked in a match factory and to help make ends meet, she brought matchboxes home for her daughter to assemble.
Thankfully, one of our Good Shepherd School managers came to know Suraya and her mother and invited her to attend the school. Suraya loved her classes so much that she decided to become a teacher herself.
Last year, this bright young woman completed her training through the Good Shepherd Teacher’s Training College and is now a teacher in the same school she herself attended.
Suraya could have faced the fate of so many Dalit women: denied the chance to rise out of poverty, a target for abuse and sexual violence. Now her dreams have come true, and all it took was an education.
*Names have been changed due to privacy reasons.
These children have the odds stacked against them from birth, but an education can change that. Being able to go to school does more than give a child the chance to learn and grow–it unlocks the door to freedom.