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.
Empowerment and development programmes helping women and girls in 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 in India.
Jyothi* came to our shelter from a very difficult and dangerous domestic situation resulting from the extreme poverty experienced by her family. Our staff were able to give her the care she needed to begin rebuilding her life. 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