We are Dalit Solidarity - a nonprofit and charitable organization that consists of humanitarians, educators, volunteers and human right advocates who would like to involve and participate in the lives of the Dalits who themselves cannot help toward their own freedom.  We are Dalits and non-Dalits, Indian and non-Indian, students and adults, working together to provide a better life for dalits and  the poor people with the tools needed to make a better life-education, healthcare, and jobs. For the last one decade, we have been working toward the emancipation and empowerment of the Dalits through social awareness, educational program, economical opportunities and developmental projects. 


Our Mission:
Advocate for the Marginalised
and the Outcaste

Dalit Solidarity is committed to the principles
of justice and equality for all Indians, regardless
of caste, race, gender or religion. This commitment
is expressed by providing access to quality
health care and education, by making
economic opportunities available for
India's poorest citizens, and by working
to protect human rights.

Our Work: Working toward the Empowerment

Approximately 25% of India's 1.1 billion people are Dalits. Most Dalits live in severe poverty, earning less than $0.50 a day. Dalit Solidarity, together with its sister Indian charitable organization, Community Care Trust, provides Dalits with opportunities for education, healthcare, employment training, social development and housing. These opportunities have been extended equally to widows, revolutionizing the way many widows in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu view themselves and how others view them. Dalit Solidarity has worked steadily to provide India‚Äôs Dalits with the tools they need to make better lives for themselves and their families.  Learn more about our programs. >

Our People -
India's Dalits towards the Dawn

Dalit Solidarity works with the Dalits, the poorest
members of Indian society. Formerly known as
"untouchables," Dalits are the victims of an
ancient form of persecution and segregation
in India known as the caste system. Dalits suffer
discrimination in education, employment,
and health care. Their occupation and status
in life are predetermined from birth.
Learn more about the Dalits and the caste system,
and what DS is doing to fight the injustice of untouchability. >

Our Leadership

Dalit Solidarity was formed in 2000 by Ben Chinnappan, a Dalit from south India. Having gone through the pain of untouchablity and segregation even as a child, the founder dedicated his life to improve the lives of his fellow dalits through empowerment. Althoug the founder lives in the USA, he is very much in touch with his roots and ground reality of day today events.

Learn more about this Dalit freedom fighter. >

Our Friends

Dalit Solidarity is proud of its staff, volunteers and program recipients. Fr.Raj has been a strong advocate for the rights of the Dalits and he has committed his total life toward their emancipation. His generoisty and dedication have lifted up the lives of many dalits.


Get to know our friends. >

Where We Work

Dalit Solidarity works in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. See the location of our facilities. >

All donations to Dalit Solidarity are tax-deductible.  96% of Dalit Solidarity's income is spent on programs and services to provide effective advocacy, quality health care, education, housing and economic development for India's poor. We carefully guard your support and the hopes of friends by strict financial stewardship, transparency and accountability. Please help us to change the present.

Financial Information

96% of Dalit Solidarity's income is spent on programs and services. Learn more about DS's distribution of funds. >