Project information

Gypsy Dalit Project

Helping the marginalised Dalit Community of South India to access education, health facilities and training to relieve poverty and access safe and fair employment.

February 2015 - January 2017

Charity information

The SAFE Foundation

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  • Need


    There are 6000 Dalits in the area of Villupuram district in South India, and a proportion of these are in the gypsy community. They currently have no access to mainstream society and are not able to get an education or health facilities. We are working with our international partners to raise awareness of their plight, but also increase access to these basic human rights.


    We are building a learning resource centre so the community can come and access formal and informal learning, get the health care they need and learn skills such as brick making, craft and agriculture so they can get safe employment rather than entering into vulnerable labour such as begging, hunting and prostitution.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase access to basic for the Dalit Community in South India


    » To build a safe and accessible centre for the Dalit community to receive education, health care and skill build.
    » To deliver a programme of education for children and adults
    » To train adults in social enterprise and specific skills to encourage fair labour and employment
    » To deliver a rolling volunteer programme to work with international and local volunteers to ensure the sustainability of the project

    We will be able to demonstrate the success by the number of the Dalit community accessing and using the services provided

  • Impact


    We will be able to monitor the number of service who have improved literacy and numeracy skills.
    The levels of illness and disease within the immediate community will lower
    The number of Dalits finding safe labour or engaging in social enterprise will increase
    Local facilities and Dalit homes will be improved
    Children will be able to integrate into mainstream education


    The Gypsy Dalit Community is somewhat insular and it can be a challenge to work effectively with a nomadic people.
    We have set up a partnership agreement with a local charity in the area WCDT who have been working with this group since 1991 and who know the needs and sensitivities of the community. They will work alongside us to provide transparent and clear communication between the community and us and our supporters.


    We will feedback formally and informally.
    Formally through quarterly reports which will monitor the progress and the outcomes
    We will provide information in our monthly news letter
    we will also keep people updated via our social media and communications streams and at our regular events

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,951

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 Labour and build Building the new centre.
      £8,152 Local Salaries Teacher and maintenance recruited from local Dalit community
      £9,900 Equipment and risk assement Computers, stationary,beds, untensils etc
      £13,899 FCR Full Cost recovery for two years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Waterloo Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
    The SAFE Foundation £2,900 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The area we will be working in is in South India in the Villurpuram Distrcit of the region.
    There are around 6000 Dalits in the area who are marginalised and living on the fringes of mainstream society,
    There area is good for agriculture and a sustainable income can be generated from this.


    The population of Gypsy Dalits in the area will be the main beneficiaries of the project. They will be part of the consultation and planning of the project from the beginning.
    They will also be able to find employment with the centre as the role of teacher and maintenance officer will be recruited from the local community.
    The secondary beneficiaries of the project will be the local economy and business who will gain newly educated and skilled people to employ in the local workforce.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The SAFE Foundation are an international development charity that has been established since 2006.
    We have been carrying out successful development projects all over the world and are currently ensuring around 5000 people have access to education, health care and skill build opportunities even whilst not engaging in mainstream society. We have a proven track record and have extremely successful partnerships with organisations in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, India and many more areas.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hannah Fitt

    Managing Director of The SAFE Foundation. I will be overseeing the delivery of the project from the UK

    Caz Clark

    Finance Director - The SAFE Foundation Caz will be monitoring and assessing the budget is adhered to and remittances for materials, labour.

    Susaimani Sagayaraj

    WCDT Director Saga will oversee the delivery of the project from India

    Ubagara Sami

    WCDT Advisory committee member Sami will ensure the participation of the Dalit community throughout the whole project