From RLA To Finding Love

Noor* lived with her mother in Kamathipura, one of the largest red-light areas of Mumbai. Several girls who are born or raised in the red-light areas resort into the same trade as their mothers. As the eldest in her family, Noor also had the responsibility of taking care of the family on her shoulders. Noor’s mother was afraid for her daughter as she got older. She met with our staff at Kamathipura and requested them to help Noor join a hostel. This is when she was placed in Nirmal Bhavan, our rehabilitation home for women who leave the red-light area. Noor was part of our vocational tailoring programme there and after completing this training successfully, she started working, saving the money and even took care of her parents and three siblings.

In 2016, Noor met the guy of her dreams and they fell in love. They both finally decided to get married and tied the knot in the presence of a few family members last week! This is indeed a modern day fairytale.

When the lives of thousands of young girls have been ruined in the red-light area, Noor’s story stands as a lighthouse of hope for many.
*names changed

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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