“Education is the only valid passport from poverty.” -Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. President
Former American president Lyndon B. Johnson was a great advocate for education and understood the significance of ensuring it was available to all children, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds.
It is with this same spirit and belief that DFN runs its education programs for the most vulnerable children in India.
But we couldn’t do this work without the support of compassionate friends like you.
Because of you, children like Roshini and Mathimaran are able to receive an education, pursue their dreams and ultimately, have the opportunity to leave poverty behind.
Roshini currently studies in 8th grade along with her older sister. They have been attending a DFN school since kindergarten.
Roshini comes from an impoverished family living in a marginalized community. A few years ago, she lost her mother to a fatal illness.
It was a great tragedy for the family.
Her father has always done his best to raise his daughters and provide for them, but since he is an unskilled laborer, he struggles to make a decent wage.
At school, Roshini excels in her studies. She has a natural aptitude for science and dreams of finding a career in science and technology. During the challenging time after the loss of her mother, staff members at the school were quite supportive of Roshini and her family. And they continue to encourage her at school, always telling her that she can make her dreams come true.
We believe she can — just like we believe Mathimaran can make his dreams come true as well.
Mathimaran is in 6th grade and also comes from an impoverished family. His mother is a homemaker and, like many in his community, his father is an unskilled laborer.
Mathimaran lives further away from the school than most of the children, but is committed to attending every day. He commutes to and from the school on public buses.
He is a very good student and does well in his studies. Mathimaran has a very special dream. He is passionate about and gifted in the talent of music. He has competed and already won several awards for singing and playing instruments.
His dream is to become a musician. We can’t wait to see his dream come true.
When generous friends like you sponsor children like Roshini and Mathimaran, you become part of a global movement to help provide education to the most vulnerable children in India. You are making dreams come true.