Rani’s Story: The Urgency of Education for Dalit Children in India

In the words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). This powerful message reminds us of our duty to care for the most vulnerable among us, reflecting God’s love through our actions. The need for this compassionate response is especially urgent in India, where children are trapped in cycles of poverty with limited access to education.

A poignant example of this urgent need is found in the heart of Vijayawada city, where 10-year-old Rani spends nine hours each day scavenging through garbage dumps, searching for reusable items like plastic and glass to sell. This arduous task is not her choice but a necessity imposed on her to support her family, which includes three older sisters and a one-year-old brother.

Despite her circumstances, Rani harbors a fervent desire to study and dreams of a different future. “I don’t want to collect garbage for money. I want to study,” she declares, seeking a helping hand to achieve her aspirations.

Rani’s plight is emblematic of the struggles faced by many Dalit (formerly known as Untouchables) families in India. For these communities, education often takes a backseat to immediate survival needs. Parents frequently involve their children in laborious tasks such as rag-picking, working in hotels, or brick-making from as early as seven or eight years old. This practice stems from a deeply ingrained belief among slum residents that education is an unaffordable luxury and a waste of time.

The Stark Reality of Education Among Dalits

Dalit communities in India have some of the lowest literacy rates in the country. Over 80% of Dalit girls and 40% of Dalit boys do not attend secondary school. Girls, in particular, face severe discrimination, with almost 60% being married off between the ages of 16 and 18. A survey reveals that 93% of Dalit families live below the poverty line, making it difficult for them to afford educational expenses. As a result, many children drop out of school due to the lack of basic supplies like notebooks and backpacks, sacrificing their future prospects for immediate financial relief.

It is estimated that every seven seconds, a girl under 15 is forced into child marriage, missing out on the opportunity to start a new school year and instead beginning a life of disadvantage. This alarming statistic underscores the education crisis in India, particularly among Dalit children. These children, who deserve the ‘precious gift’ of education, are often deprived of this opportunity due to systemic poverty and societal neglect.

The Transformative Power of Education

Education is not just a pathway to knowledge; it is a means to dignity and empowerment. It enables individuals to envision a world beyond their immediate circumstances. However, in India, education remains largely a privilege of the elite. The need to make education accessible to poor children, especially those from Dalit communities, is more urgent than ever.

Rani’s story is a call to action for all of us. We must provide children like her the opportunity to go to school and dream of a future beyond rag-picking. This cannot happen without concerted efforts to make education accessible and affordable for all. Education equips individuals to break free from the cycle of poverty and to aspire for better futures.

Our Role in Making a Difference

It’s easy to overlook the plight of children suffering due to poverty. “Out of sight, out of mind.” The children who suffer in poverty are not visible to you. But they do exist in our present world. 

Helping Dalit children access education is not just a charitable act but a moral imperative. We must strive to create an environment where every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has the chance to receive an education and pursue their dreams. By doing so, we honor our shared responsibility to make a child’s life better and provide them with hope for the future.


The journey from hopelessness to hope is a shared effort. By coming together, we can ensure that Dalit children in India have the opportunity to attend school and break free from the shackles of poverty. 

Let us heed Rani’s plea and work towards a future where every child has access to the education they rightfully deserve. Whether through advocacy, donations, or community support, we all have a part to play in making this vision a reality. 

Let’s make Dalit children go to school and give them the chance to build a brighter future.

The Call to Action: Pray, Give, and Go

At Global Hope India, we invite you to join us in this noble endeavor. Let’s make a difference by sending people, funding, and resources to support education for Dalit children and other marginalized communities. Your support can help turn their journey from one of hopelessness to one filled with hope and potential.

How You Can Help

Pray for India: Join us in praying for the children and the mission.

Give and Go: Consider supporting financially or volunteering to make a direct impact.

Share the Vision: Spread the word among your friends, family, and church. Your advocacy can bring more support to this cause.

Together, we can support the  vision of making education accessible to all children. Let’s show them the love of Jesus by ensuring they have the opportunity to learn and grow.

You too can create an impact in the lives of these children and elders by sending your donation here. If you’d prefer to give by check, please make it payable to and mail it to:

Global Hope India

8045 Arco Corporate Drive STE 130

Raleigh, NC 27617

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We couldn’t do this without you.

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