Project information

Educating Dalit ('untouchable') children in India

We want to fund the education of 40 Dalit children - India`s poorest of the poor. They are considered backward, less important to society than animals. Outcasts. An English education at Xavier school is the key to their future away from the appalling poverty and prejudice they were born into.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Supporting Dalit Children

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  • Need


    Illiteracy is widespread amongst Dalit children in India because most have left school by the age of 11. Illiteracy leads to child exploitation, 'bonded' (slave) labour and all kinds of other abuse.
    Dalit children need a first-class education within a safe and secure environment otherwise their illiteracy rates will remain below 25%. Without education these children will end up like their parents who have suffered continuously through poverty and oppression. Your help can change lives.


    Our project is to fund Dalit children's education at Loyola Kapepaladi school in India, with whom we have direct links. This school provides an all-round English education and helps students to gain qualifications necessary for further education or vocational training. Dalit children will have decent employment prospects as a direct result of their education and, in the longer term, they will be able to help their own poor families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enrol more girls because they are the most oppressed amongst the Dalit people.


    » Father Francis will visit women's partnership groups in local villages to find out which girls are in the greatest need of education.

    What success will look like

    Success will be listening to the girls' determination to make the most of their education for their own advancement and to alleviate their families' sufferings.

    Aim 2

    To deliver first-class teaching and pastoral care


    » Alongside excellent academic teaching, this school promotes gender equality, social responsibility, empowerment, justice, sport and creativity

    What success will look like

    Success will be watching each child gain in confidence and ability throughout the year. Their academic results will show how committed and dedicated their teachers are to them.

  • Impact


    In the long term, the education of Dalit children will enable them to challenge the discrimination within their own communities. They will be able to stand up for justice through having been educated. They will be able to represent themselves or their families if challenged by prejudice. Their success at school will be measured by their academic and all-round achievements, including their increased levels of self-respect and confidence despite their humble backgrounds.


    One risk is not securing funding for all 40 of the children's education in the first instance. In this event we will continue to campaign and fundraise until we do and in the meantime enable as many children as we have funding for, to begin their education as soon as possible.


    We will send donors regular updates on Facebook and email newsletters about the school and in particular the children they have helped to support. Letters written by the children to their benefactors will be posted on our website. Charity newsletters will be forwarded by email to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Cost Education and board for 40 children, year 1
      £8,000 Cost Education and board for 40 children, year 2
      £8,000 Cost Education and board for 40 children, year 3
  • Background


    Loyola Kapepaladi school is in the State of Karnataka, Southern India. It was founded in 2012 to educate the 'poorest of the poor' - deprived and forgotten Dalit, and other marginalised children from all religions. 50 of the students live too far away to travel to school every day, so they stay in the boarding hostel attached to the school. This region in Karnataka has an extremely high illiteracy rate amongst the Dalits - less than 20% in some areas.


    Deprived and outcaste children from all religions will benefit from an education at this school. Rural Dalit villages are cut off from society, with un-made roads and very basic living conditions. Mud huts or simple reed shacks contain one room where the whole family eat and sleep; there are no sanitary facilities. Without an education, Dalit girls will remain in the village, be forced to marry in their early teens, and lead a life of hardship and pain. An education gives hope to Dalits.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have direct links with this school and currently fund the education of 280 children studying there. We have seen first hand the excellent levels of teaching and care given to each and every child. We have spoken to the students at length about their education and what it means to them - they are extremely grateful for their financial support and love their school. They are excited about their future and how eventually they will be able to help their own families and communities

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Father Francis D'Souza

    Father Francis' commitment and determination to help Dalit children is inspirational and he regularly inform us about all project developments

    Dinah Findlay, Managing Trustee (This Is A Voluntary Post)

    Dinah manages the day to day running of the charity including the child sponsorship programme. 100% of all funds donated are sent to Xavier school.


educates a Dalit child for a year

"We have many dreams for the emancipation and empowerment of our poor Dalit people"

Father Eric Mathias, Founder of St. Xavier's School