Here at the Arbour we help fund a Charity close to our hearts. When we were looking for some new stockists we came across this charity selling candles. The Dalit Candle Company was founded over 20 years ago. When, whilst traveling in India, Simon Hawthorne and Paul Morley visited the region of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most deprived states in India. They became captivated by the people of this amazing country. Whilst they were there they experienced first hand the injustice suffered by the people.
Known as the Dalits- or Untouchables the people of this region have been known by this name for over 3000 years. They are positioned at the bottom of India's caste system and have been subject to the most aggressive and dehumanizing abuse. From birth they are born into a culture that devalues them as lower than the animals. The word Dalit literally translates as downtrodden or oppressed and there are 250 million Dalits who are exposed to this injustice.
All three of us were touched by the plight of these poor people and so to help the foundation that was set up to support the Dalit people we stock the lovely clay pot candles that the Dalit people make. Through the sales of the candles the foundation has been able to raise funds to build schools, homes, health care centers and provide food to these most impoverished people.
So this Christmas if you want to give a gift that counts come and see our lovely stock of Dalit candles and provide food and shelter to those who need it most.