DALIT SOLIDARITY

Justice for all Indians

aka Dalit Solidarity   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.dalitsolidarity.org

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT We commit ourselves to work for the development of the dalits or the untouchables in the subcontinent of India. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for basic education, health care and development. We promote human dignity, human rights and social justice for all dalits regardless of age, religion and sex.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Benjamin Chinnappan

Director

Vincent Thiag

Main address

P.O. Box 178995

San Diego, CA 92177 USA

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EIN

25-1865082

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. For the last ninteen years, Dalit Solidarity has worked steadily to provide India’s Dalits with the tools they need to make better lives for themselves and their families. Thousands of Dalits now have access to quality health care. Hundreds of children are being given the opportunity to attend good schools, from elementary through graduate school. Many Dalit widows are learning that they too can be productive members of Indian society, deserving of dignity and respect. We advocate tirelessly on behalf of India’s Dalits, addressing the issues of caste and untouchability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Health

We would like to empower the dalits through some programs like 'Educational Sponsorship Programs', 'Health Care Programs' and 'Social Developmental Programs'. The beneficiaries of these programs are dalits regardless of their faith, sex and age. There are more than 240 million dalits, formerly known as the Untouchables or the Outcaste in the subcontinent of India. Although they form 20% of the Indian population, they are still a powerless community. They lack education, health care and even basic needs of life.

*To help the Untouchables and the economically poor children for better education by providing tuition fee, uniform and textbooks.
*To help the development of rural poor children through training camps, remedial coaching centers or hostels for children, and by providing financial assistance for higher education
*To promote cultural and student exchange programs between USA and India
*To set up medical clinics and provide medical support in rural areas to offer qualitative life to children and to pregnant mothers and to save lives.
*To train health care workers and to bring health care education to the rural population
*To organize a two weeks of medical camp through a team of doctors who would visit India and help the poor to undergo some medical treatment freely
*To improve the living condition of the poor rural inhabitants and the Untouchables of India for a better life through self-developmental projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

St. Patrick's Academy is a beacon of hope for poor children who have no access to affordable education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Empowering the marginalised communities with job opportunities and training

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing Education and scholarship to orphans and destitutes who cannot afford to attend school

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited 2019

Awards

ASHA AWARD 2018

USAAID

Affiliations & memberships

San Diego Chamber of Commerce 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Community Health

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of grassroots organizations supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers who become donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Average number of dollars given by new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Intersex people

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of microloan borrowers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Development and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We work with all caste related issues that truly diminish the human values for Dalits. Untouchability and discrimination has become so common that no one realizes that it hampers the growth of the human personality and also for the wellbeing of our society. People in the Indian society are so brain washed that they think that there is nothing wrong in abusing and exploiting Dalits for their own purpose. As Dalits are powerless and poor, they have no choice other than to yield to the pressure of the caste people. The psyche of our caste society is so strong that people do not think that it is human right violation. Most accept and agree that Dalits are destined to fulfil their karma by serving and suffering. This is the core philosophy of the Hinduism. We address the issues such as Poverty, Child labor and Equality of widows which are corelated to the caste oppression.

Therefore, our goal is not to expose Dalits for further abuse, violence and exploitation. It is through social awareness, education and development, we can achieve social emancipation and economic empowerment. By providing a window of opportunity, Dalits can come out of their current karma and move forward for a decent life within their life time.

How can you become part of this social change? You can take pride in solving this century old puzzle. Be a volunteer or a supporter, you can make huge impact in building a community of equals. When you give voice to the voiceless, your life will not be the same.

Our approach has evolved into one of community development, focused on strengthening families and community structures that create a child’s environment. All children have rights to the support, protection and care they need to grow up healthy and strong. We work with families and communities to support children at each stage of their development, promoting children’s well-being, knowledge and skills so that they may participate in society to their fullest potential.
We work directly with the local communities to enhance our programs for the benefit of our beneficiaries. We also select the staff from their communities in order to stand their needs and concerns. We meet with the local leaders and elders to brief and update the programs and seek their support to reach out our their members. By giving due recognition to the local community and their leaders, our programs have been very effective in reaching out the larger audience.
We believe that we need to evolve leaders from the communities. Therefore, we share responsibilities and develop the local leadership among men and women to lead their lives for a better future. In all our institutions, we encourage and promote leadership skills and training to take charge of their lives. This is a great tool to empower the Dalits and the marginalized towards a life of dignity and equality.

Our organization has almost accomplished two decades of community service for the poorest of the poor in the world through education, health care and development. Being a tax-exempt charity and our lengthy experience have given us credibility among the friends and families to support our programs. Our exposure to the social media and news networks increased our presence.

We celebrate our 21st anniversary, we gratefully remember all those who walked with us during these ten years. We express our deep gratitutde to every one who marched with us in our journey toward empowering the Dalits to live with dignity and respect in India. Without our friends and supporters, we could not have achieved so much in making great difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters who have been considered as impure and untouchables all their lives. Dalit Solidarity has touched many in this short peried by turning their lives around.

Milestones
We reached the following milestones:
Two of our students have become engineers, six of them have become nurses, more than twenty have got some jobs
We are now educating over 25 students each year in elementary school, high school, college and graduate school.
As result of our efforts, we could see tangible progress when our students have become health care professionals, School teachers.
Our medical facilities treat over 1500 patients each month, and we opened five new satellite clinics.
90% of our community college graduates found employment within six months after graduation.
We have trained over 150 volunteers to act as First Responders and provide first aid in their villages.
We have built over 80 homes for tsunami victims and widows.
We have formed 10 self-help widows' groups
We have organised the first ever conference for widows on International women's Day.
We have two successful milk-cooperative societies run by widows toward their empowerment.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DALIT SOLIDARITY

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Benjamin Chinnappan

Dalit Solidarity

William Parker

Leenus Thiag

Vincent Thiag

Donna Mullin

Thomas Angelis

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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