From Child Labourer to Student

Engaging children in factories and workshops for employment is a common sight in Halleguddadhalli, Bangalore. People living here suffer from poverty and low standard of living which leads to child labour. During a community intervention program, our staff met Vivek, a 16-year-old who works to provide for his family.

When Vivek was just four, his father left his family, making his mother the sole breadwinner. Vivek was a regular after-school programme (ASP) student and a bright one too! When his mother fell ill, he had to discontinue school to work. He supports the education of his younger brother with his salary.

Vivek works for long hours in a very non-conducive environment and receives unfair wages. His only getaway is the Oasis football practice every morning. He also attended the life skill sessions during practice which helped him identify the wrong in his community and that child labour is also a problem. He now has decided to continue with his education and complete grade 10. When asked about his dream for life Vivek says, “My mother always says that she wants me to live a happy life and that’s what I want to do.”

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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