what we do
Quality, English-medium, values-based education primarily focusing on children from poor and marginalised communities, including those sometimes known as Dalits and Adivasis.
Community healthworkers, primary clinics and HIV/AIDS centres to help prevent sickness and disease – a cause and consequence of poverty and inequality.
Business start-up grants, self-help groups and vocational training to enable the poor to earn a livelihood, become self-sufficient and hold their heads up high.
Prevention and awareness programmes among at-risk women and girls and their local community.
why we do what we do
Over the last 20 years our movement has responded to requests from major community leaders to provide holistic English-medium education so their communities can find true dignity and freedom in the modern world.
We were asked to serve the poor, marginalised and outcastes of South Asia. We focus on restoring the dignity and freedom of women and children who are the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. This is why we do what we do
who we are
DFN UK, a development and empowerment charity, is part of a global network supporting indigenous partners* responding to the requests of community leaders to educate their children and protect their women.
*OMIF (Operation Mercy India Foundation), a humanitarian initiative of the Good Shepherd Church of India.
Marks and scars on Jyothi’s* body tell of abuse and exploitation. Tortured, sexually abused and threatened with trafficking into servitude, she came to one of our shelters and began the healing process. Given a place in one of our schools, she was soon excelling. “I want to be a doctor”, she says, “I want to treat patients who need help like I did”. Jyothi graduated with distinction and is now studying sciences at college prior to doctor training. From destitution to top of the class!
*name changed and representative image used