Grantees & Beneficiaries
St. Patrick's Academy, V. Salai, India
70% of those enrolled are Dalits, and 100% of our students are the first generation in their families to attend English Medium (Matric) schools. A total of 75% of the families are daily laborers, who make less than $2 per day. As many as 80% of the parents are illiterate. Only through your sacrifice and generosity, are kids in these impoverished households entering classrooms, instead of earning their daily keep in fields or fireworks factories. St. Patrick’s maintains a strong record of success and excellence in providing cost-effective, quality education to children who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
St. Mary’s Health Center, Odiyathur, India
St. Mary’s Clinic Programs were opened in 2003, and offer subsidized medical care to local villagers through five rural clinics. These health care centers offer crucial, life-saving care to hundreds of rural patients every month. Unlike government or private clinics, St. Mary’s will never refuse treatment to patients. Nursing service is free; other clinics often mark health services up to four times their base cost. At St. Mary’s, patients pay only what they can for necessary medications. The clinics also offer a free yearly check-up to local schoolchildren, and run free medical camps in conjunction with medical students from the University of Pondicherry.
Sagayamatha Leprosy Hospital, Pulambadi, India
Although leprosy has been routed out in most parts of India, still we have people who suffer from leprosy and other skin diseases. Under the patronage of a donor, Dalit Solidarity has been supporting the Sagayamatha Leprosy Hospital in providing rehabilitation for 40 leprosy patients at Pullambadi. The hospital was started in 1962 to provide comprehensive care for the needy leprosy patients with deformities. Although they are under treatment and care, they suffer from social stigma and isolation.
C.S.I Medical and Leprosy Center, Vandavasi, India
A rural hospital run by the C.S.I Medical and Leprosy Center in Vandavasi, established in the year 1933 received a grant from Dalit Solidarity at the support of a donor to provide the hospital with medical and surgical equipment for an operation theatre. The facility attends to an average of 50 patients daily treating respiratory infections, gastro enteritis, skin condition diabetes, Dental disorder, Antenatal & Postnatal and other illness that are common opportunistic infections in the community. Many poor people will benefit of the cost effective and affordable surgeries.
Clean Water Project, Andra Pradesh, India
Life is water and without it, the living quarters will become a desert. This is what happened to many of our villages as the monsoon failed severely and the wells have become dried out. Many villages and school children had to walk miles to fetch water for their families and livestock. Water shortage and scarcity has taken huge tole on many especially on livestock. God’s intervention came through some of our generous donors who came forward to drill new bore wells in some of these dried areas. Our efforts have paid off in bringing relief from the water scarcity. Thanks for our friends and family who came to rescue the poor on time.
Life Empowerment Center, Acharapakkam, India
Dalit Solidarity has a Mission Outreach for the children of human laundries who are known as Dhobies, people who are dalits among dalits, who are traditionally delegated to wash the dirty clothes of others in a village. For centuries, they have been abused, exploited and humiliated as cheap human machines to do people’s laundry with little compensation of leftover food and grains. They never had a life of dignity and respect. Some of them have lost the functioning of their limbs as they were ironing clothes throughout their lives. Their children had no opportunities to attend the schools as they were forced to follow up their parents’ job. The dhobies in general were driven very badly by their karma and destiny. Education is the key to bring these children back to the main stream of the society. Dalit Solidarity has helped them with a tuition center where these children would come and have special classes on English and Maths. Currently we have 130 children from twenty villages. We consider that this outreach is something beautiful for God.
Home Building Project, Tamil Nadu, India
When a widow moves from a hut into a home she gets not just a better house, but much needed dignity and respect. Dalit Solidarity has constructed approximately 70 homes for widows and the poor families living in the Villupuram Dt. over the course of the past 15 years. Most widows do not own their own homes and must rely on family members to provide them with living space. Accommodations are frequently inadequate. Relatives often do not have adequate space or income to support additional family members.
St. Peter & Paul Home For Disabled Children, Mugaiyur, India
St. Peter & Paul Home for Disabled Children School has seventy children who come from poor families. These children are totally handicapped who need some acceptance and recognition. We have been supporting them for the last five years. We have encouraged them by sponsoring an educational tour every year. We have also sponsored a special coaching in English. The families and the kids are very grateful for our continuous support.