- The poor do not need our compassion or our pity, they need our help. What they give to us is more than we give to them" Mother Teresa
- Illiteracy, homelessness, malnutrition, chronic illness, bonded labour and exploitation of every kind is prevalent among the Dalits.
- Dalits are at the lowest rung of the social ladder in India. Considered 'untouchables' they are widely subjected to poverty, social ostracism, religious marginalization and even sexual exploitation.
- We have direct links with two schools for Dalits and other outcast children. Both schools provide an excellent English-medium education that will empower each student and give them a chance to escape the oppression they were born into.
- "It is not how much love we give but how much love we put in the giving ..." (Words of Mother Teresa)
- "This school is a beacon of light liberating children from the clutches of ignorance, child labour and child prostitution, bringing liberation to them all ..." (Words of Father Eric Mathias)
- Supporting Dalit Children supports the education and social welfare of Dalit children (the 'untouchables'), in Southern India.
School Trip To Hampi
We are delighted that the children have recently been on a school trip to Hampi. Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. It was a fortified city. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, say that Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 Hampi was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal.
The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins.
Hampi's ruins are spread over 16 square miles and it has been described by UNESCO as an "austere, grandiose site" of more than 1600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India that includes "forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, memorial structures, water structures and others".