It all started in 2010, where a group of seven from Basel Hakka Lutheran Church embarked on a life-changing and eye-opening experience to India. The purpose of the trip was to see for ourselves the biggest, yet relatively unknown, violation of human rights in all history; the oppression of the Dalits, also called the “untouchables”, “outcastes”, “slumdogs”.
The group decided upon a name, Sharing Hope, to signify our mission; to “share hope” with Dalits of India.
Since the initial inception of the Sharing Hope team, a movement has been sparked. The burden for the Dalits is spreading and the story of the Dalits is being shared. People are inspired to act on behalf of the Dalits, whether it is raising money for a new school in India or organizing events to raise awareness, there is a movement to free the Dalits from their oppression and slavery.
That is why we are putting together a benefit concert this summer; to raise awareness about the Dalit people’s oppression and to showcase current projects that are ongoing to help free the Dalits from the chains of oppression.
One of the featured projects is that of our “Living Hope School” project. We are fundraising to build a school in India for Dalit children to be educated without the pressure of discrimination. With education and learning English, these children will have the chance to break free from the deadly cycle of poverty and bring their family out of poverty.