Titled, 'why sponsor a child', the template on the website lets people search the children by birth, gender, pictures, schools and the areas of their residence. According to the organisers, nearly 30% of the 25,000 children receiving an English-based education at their Dalit Education Centers are children of bonded labourers. “When you sponsor a child, you make an investment in their freedom and their future. Without your help, most cannot stay in school or escape the poverty that puts them at risk for commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or bonded labor,” the message on the website informs.
The initiative seems to be a step in right direction and it will let those people donate who would not like to visit these centers physically. At a time when Internet has revolutionised every aspect of our life and made available all our needs at a click of the mouse, the initiative to sponsor a child online is a creative one.
Known as untouchables and outcasts, Dalits, according to DFN, make up nearly one quarter of India’s 1.2 billion society, with population estimates of 250 million people. They also constitute the largest number of people categorized as victims of human trafficking and human enslavement in any single nation on earth.
In May 2009, the then Home Secretary, Madhukar Gupta, remarked that by his estimates “at least 100 million people were involved in human trafficking in India.” The society has faced multiple issues since times immemorial in Indian caste system where Dalits considered to be a lower caste. And as a result, all the menial jobs like cleaning of toilets are being carried out by the group for centuries.