Keerthi* was just 16 when her parents decided to marry her off to their relative. She was young and could not cope with the daily chores of getting up at 4 am for housework. Her husband physically abused her to the point where she ran back to her parents’ house. She silently suffered as people mocked and taunted her in the village for leaving her abusive husband.

A well-wisher often visited Keerthi and her parents. She always spoke to Keerthi of her struggles and promised her that everything will be ok. One day, she asked Keerthi if she would like to come with her to Mumbai and get a good job. Keerthi knew that this was her way out of this silent suffering. She agreed and they went toMumbai to start her new life. Little did she know that this woman was a brothel keeper and has brought her here for commercial sex work. Vunerability and those in dysfunctional families are always targeted by the perpetrators.

Keerthi was locked in a room in a brothel for a week and was asked to attend customers. She felt betrayed, lost and hopeless in a place where she knew nothing or no one. Fighting back did not do her any good. She had no choice but to accept her fate. Keerthi did not reveal this to her parents as she knew she would be subjected to more judgement and shame. She always told her parents that she had a nice job in the city and a good salary but the reality pricked her heart deep.

On one of her visits to the village, she met Amal*. They fell in love, got married and had two beautiful children. Keerthi was betrayed yet again when she found out that Amal was already married. She moved back to the red-light area. This was when she met our change agent Madhavi who helped her get to the other side of the dark tunnel. Madhavi helped Keerthi send her daughter and son to safe shelter homes and introduced her to Oasis India. Our staff helped Keerthi move into our rehabilition home, Nirmal Bhavan where she gets counselling and skill development training.

From a life filled with abuse, betrayal and pain, Keerthi now has a new beginning.

*name changed

Dear Partners & Supporters,

 Greetings from Oasis India!

I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! As we step in 2022, we thank you for what you have helped us accomplish this past year.

Oasis India has accomplished 27 successful years of empowering women and children in India. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful support and partnership that we have shared over the years. Even though we faced a great global distress in the past years, we have come out stronger. As we begin celebrating this season of joy and peace, I would like to thank you for your support and love towards Oasis India.

My sincere appreciation to the Board (Committee of Management) for their guidance and a special thank you to our funding partners. We are very grateful to our institutional donors, Mukthi Bike Challenge network & riders, volunteers, sponsors, donors, 500 club donors, community partners and everyone who has continued to support our work through donations, volunteering and professional services. You all make us who we are and we will never lose sight of that. Our teams in the field who work directly with the beneficiaries have gone above and beyond their call of duty in 2021 and have left me so deeply humbled by their self-sacrificing efforts and commitment.

You will be delighted to know that in 2021, we have received our Platinum certification from GuideStar India for one year. That makes Oasis India one of the selected 100 non-profits attaining the highest Transparency and Quality Standards. We are on track, making all necessary arrangements for our FCRA renewal. We have also received 12AB and 80G renewal for the year. Our biggest accomplishment this year has been the successful launch of our new hub at North East in Churachandpur, Manipur to help families in alternative skill training and holistic development of children, leading to a developed and socially conscious community. Mukthi Bike Challenge 2021 was nothing short of amazing and the different editions in the various cities and countries helped us to get the word out about human trafficking to people around the globe.

Thank you all for supporting the work of Oasis India and helping us make a difference in our community. Your dedication is what inspires each and every one of us. This season, I wish you all the best and success in life as we head towards 2022! Be blessed.

With Regards,
Mangneo Lhungdim
Executive Director
Oasis India