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Touching the Untouchable is the story of the empowerment of a Dalit, Untouchable, community in Tamil Nadu, India. Long shunned inside India’s rigid caste system and denied basic human rights and amenities, the new generation of Dalits are taking matters in their own hands and creating their own community where clean water, food, education, sanitation and health will be accessible for all. Their leader is Dalit activist Gauthama Prabhu. He reaches out to a kindred soul Venerable Pannavati, a Buddhist nun and, more importantly, an African-American from the Civil Rights era, who understands the plight of the disenfranchised. Together, they work to uplift the Untouchables. To support the well construction and other development projects in Tamil Nadu you can offer a tax deductible donation at: pannavati.org/the-untouchables 


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