Dalit women are oppressed and exploited both for their status as untouchables and for their
gender. As males are given preferential treatment, many village women never attend school.
Many are pushed into marriage at an early age or limited to manual labour and domestic
We establish vocational training centres for women throughout India. These centres work
in partnership with our Good Shepherd Schools and offer six-month training programs to
women from the community. The programs not only open economic doors for these women,
but also help them recover their own dignity and worth. As our staff teach and share God’s
love, the women discover a new freedom.
Our “Hope for Dalit Women” initiative provides practical skills, economic assistance, and
spiritual hope to these women, allowing them to provide for their families. By teaching them
marketable skills, we are providing them with a respectable, stable opportunity to have a
Illiterate and impoverished Dalit women are stripped of their
dignity and often forced to sell themselves, or their children, out
When a woman is empowered with knowledge and skills, she
is able to change her story of despair into a story of hope.