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


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! 

*this is a true story but with name changed and representative image used to protect the individual

can make it happen

We want to empower the most vulnerable to find freedom from exploitation and restore their dignity.

You can help by making a donation or by sponsoring a child's education.