COVID-19, Children & Education

COVID-19 has affected over 12 million people around the world, causing an economic devastation since the great depression in the 1920s. It is no doubt that the children from low income families have been greatly affected. Most of them are from families of migrants and daily wage workers who make up 85% of India’s economy. 320 million citizens are below the age of 18 years in India, yet, two decades of studies have shown that less than 25% of the country’s students graduate from 10th grade and less than 10% make it to college. With this already existing crisis in the education sector, COVID-19 has posed a threat to children from the lower strata of the society.

As most schools have moved to online classes, several children from these groups do not even own mobile phones that have internet, let alone a laptop. This may push many children to drop out  of school leading to an increase in child labour. Those that do attend classes, need special attention but their parents are not able to help them as they are illiterate. This pandemic has also affected children who are already receiving help from NGOs like ours. We have worked for years to create a well-structured life for children in the red-light areas of Mumbai through our night shelter, after-school programmes, group homes and change agent groups. As they have now gone back to stay with their parents in the brothel during the lockdown, many of them have fallen back to their old ways of living. Many children are also experiencing trauma as they witness their parents suffer financially.

It is important that we always care for the children at home and in the communities around us.

What can you do to improve their lives during this unprecedented time?

Pamper your child: Show your child that you are grateful for them and that you love spending time with them!

Give: Ensure other children are educated by giving to NGOs that work towards their well-being.

Mental Health: These times can be stressful for children as they try to cope with online learning at home. Check in with your child from time to time on how they are doing mentally and help them navigate through their emotions.

Smart Phone: Many children do not have smart phones to attend online classes. If you have an old phone at home, you could consider donating that to a child in need.

Small changes can make a big difference! #HopeOverFear

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Dear friends and patrons,As 2022 draws to a close, I would like for us to look back at a year that heralded in new directions for Oasis India: year one of the 5-year strategic plan of new partnerships, a year of social enterprise, and organisational sustainability.While it was certainly challenging in many ways, it also showed how strong our commitment to the vision and mission are as an organisation – be it as board members, supporters, members of senior management, the national leadership team, or project staff.We can take pride in the fact that we resumed the annual Mukthi Bike Challenge this year, launched Oasis India’s 5-year strategic plan for 2022–2027, and started a new integrated community empowerment project in Assam—Oasis Academy Guwahati and Football for Life (FFL). We also initiated potential partnership discussions with PCI-Mizoram for anti-human trafficking and Thrive for Good under food security, etc. These great achievements lays the foundation for our work in the upcoming new year.There were notable life-changing stories of beneficiaries in each of Oasis India’s hubs and the many other challenges we overcame as a team. Successes achieved in a time when we were forced to adapt to very adverse circumstances So, I want to thank all our staff for the hard work and commitment they have shown over the past year. Our combined strength is what makes us flourish as an organisation.Thank you, our supporters, for walking this journey of growth and development hand in hand with us. As you celebrate Christmas with friends and family, I hope you will look back on the year with the same sense of accomplishment and joy that we all feel at Oasis India.I wish you and your family a happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2023! Best regards,Mangneo LhungdimExecutive Director,Oasis India