A True Change Agent #3

Gowri was one of our first vocational tailoring programme students at Kannagi Nagar, Chennai. She has been very committed to the programme and inspires others to bring a positive change in the community. With her mother being the only bread winner of the family, Gowri had to drop out of school due to financial constraints and start working. Even though she could not continue her education, Gowri wanted her sister to study. So she is helping her sister with her school fees. Whenever we have discussions with the women in the tailoring programme on the issues in the community, Gowri is always the first person to voice out her opinions and discuss the different ways these issues can be addressed.

She was actively involved in our COVID-19 awareness initiative. During our door to door campaign before the lockdown, Gowri helped in educating the community members on the symptoms of COVID and on how to protect themselves from the virus. She also helped us in putting up awareness posters in the community. During the lockdown, when our staffs were unable to go to the hub, Gowri volunteered to
help in collecting the database for providing relief support in Kannagi Nagar. She also volunteered to distribute relief kits to over 380 families. It has not been easy for families like Gowri’s to survive in this lockdown, but Gowri was able to look past her struggles and help her fellow community members.

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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