It all started in 2010, where a group of young adults from Basel Hakka Lutheran Church embarked on a life-changing and eye-opening experience to India. The purpose of the trip was to see 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 their 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.
Currently, they 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. The goal is to raise $100,000 by 2012. They have already raised 50%! In addition, the construction of the school has already started with the foundation and walls already up.
They 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. The theme of the concert is “Inspired to Act”, inspiring people to act for the Dalits in any way they can.
Date: Saturday, Aug 20, 2011
Venue: Auditorium of Windermere Secondary School (3155 E.27th Ave, Vancouver)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Doors open 6:45pm)Tickets
Tickets are $10/each. Proceeds go to ‘Living Hope School’ Project
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