Dalit Communities

Based in Tamil Nadu, in Southern India, the Tamarind Project works closely with local Dalit communities – some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the world, whose rights are still denied and who face an ongoing level of discrimination. The project has one main aim – to enable children from these communities to stay in school – which they believe is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. 

This aim is being achieved through a variety of educational and empowerment schemes within the Dalit communities and run by a network of local workers. They include: supporting the families with a small sum of money (the equivalent of what the child would be earning if working), providing school uniforms, books and bus passes, running after-school tuition, classes in the school holidays and liaising with the schools to ensure the children are treated fairly and equally.

The network maintains weekly contact with every family, providing the support they need to keep their children in school and helping them to apply for relevant government support and discretionary funding; and lending solar lamps to provide safe and free lighting so the children can complete their homework.

The project is also responsible for building a teacher training college, which will provide free places for Dalit young people to train as teachers, ensuring generations to come will be able to access the education they need to reach their potential. The college is due to open by the end of 2016.

Amos Trust continues to work alongside these local Dalit projects promoting education initiatives, and gives a platform for Dalit human rights activists and Dalit Liberation theologians.

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