The “Dalit” caste has been discriminated for centuries in rural India as people who are “untouchable”.
In the past, entire “Dalit” communities, including women and children have been suppressed from receiving basic education and they have been subjected to working as labourers carrying out tasks such as unclogging sewers, disposing of dead bodies and cleaning toilets.
Dalit are forced to work in stone quarries, agricultural lands and plantations for a meagre wage. They work as families to one land owner for generations.
Forced to work with their parents, Dalit children have been denied the opportunity to develop in mainstream education and promote and protect their own rights.
This project aims to work with the “Dalit” community in eight villages in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
We along with our partner project, the Society for Rural Health and Development (SRHD) aim to break this cycle and provide the children who are working with their families’ a brighter future.
We are working in collaboration with SRHD to: