Jan 21, 2020

Water Wheels Help Women Work!

Water wheels help women get water to their homes for their laundry businesses or for the cows and water buffalo they use to sell milk. The wheels are essential tools in remote areas where water is scarce. Not having one is like relying on public transportation to get to work from rural areas, unreliable and time-consuming.

We are very grateful for every donation, especially those who continue to give every month. It would be very helpful, while the weather is still moderate and before the rainy season comes, to see more people give the full $200 for a water wheel. There are women waiting for this tool that will feed their family, prevent labor trafficking, and give them an opportunity to provide for themselves.

 Also, this is a time of great unrest in India, which always impacts the poor and marginalized the most. We need to help them now, today, before things get even worse and before our teams' travel is limited for safety precautions.

Thank you for keeping this lifeline alive for the women and children of India. They don't know you, but you are changing their lives.

Oct 23, 2019

Water Wheels Provide Health and Safety At Home

We continue to provide water wheels to families which has so many benefits beyond clean water. For instance, it keeps women safe at home, rather than walking for miles in open fields which makes the vulnerable to attacks by men.  It keeps children in school because they don't have to go get the water every day. It keeps livestock watered so that the family can sell the milk to provide food and shelter. And, it waters small gardens that feed the family and sometimes produce enough to sell in the marketplace.

We will never outgrow the need for water wheels, especially in northern India, but every one lifts a family just a little further beyond poverty, out the reach of violence and trafficking, and provides health and safety right at home.

Sep 24, 2019

Real Life Turn Around Stories Happening Every Day!

We continue to see good turn around stories of real life rescue that gives girls a solid foundation for their future. Our new 150-bed shelter is expected to be fully operational in early 2020. In addition to that shelter, we continue to offer 6 month sewing/tailoring classes all over India. Women are given their own sewing machine and a certificate of course completion. Not only are they able to sew for their families, they are able to earn extra income as well. And, they feel so good about themselves to have learned a skill that enables them to provide for themselves and their children.

Here's just one great Turn-Around Story:

Manjula's story reads like fiction, but it is real. I have not met her, but she is my sister.  And, although she has suffered unimaginable horrors, her spirit embodies human dignity. Freedom. Hope. Here is her triumphant turn-around story.

MANJULA’S LIFE SHATTERED

At just 14, Manjula’s life shattered. Facing a financial crisis, her family decided she should be dedicated to a horrific life of ritualized prostitution. Manjula’s destiny was to become the property of her village to be used by any man, anywhere, any time for the rest of her life.

BUT A FREEDOM FIGHTER  RESCUED HER

Thankfully, one of DFN’s local Freedom Fighters was able to stop her dedication and get Manjula to a safe place where she would no longer fear being awakened in the middle of the night by self-seeking men. In our shelter she learned to sleep peacefully as counselors gently worked the demons from her fears and prayed love into her soul.

SHE FOUGHT FOR HER FUTURE

Manjula refused to let her past determine her future. As her heart healed, so did Manjula’s mind. Through our network of schools, she graduated from high school, earned a college degree and completed teacher’s training.

TODAY, SHE THRIVES

As a teacher at one of our schools, Manjula uses her voice to empower other young women. She wants a better life for people like her. And most of all, she wants girls to grow up free from the risk of slavery and free to dream.

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The turn-around stories of girls like Manjula is the very reason DFN exists. It's why we go to work each day, leave our families to travel to India, and determine every day that we will stop one more dedication, rescue one more young girl, extend the promise of dignity and freedom to people society casts aside.

That's what you do, too, with every donation you make and every social media post you share. Thank you for believing in DFN. But most importantly, thank you for giving girls like Manjula triumphant turn-around stories. Real life is always better than fiction!

 
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