Sports and Life Skills

Fifteen-year-old Roashan from Nallasopara, in Mumbai, shares about the impact the football programme has had on his life

“I had no idea about football before but after joining Oasis India’s sports programme, I have learned many new techniques like controlling the ball, passing and heading, and the positions of players. Besides football, I have also learnt lots of life skills like respecting everyone, teamwork, honesty, self-esteem, and punctuality. I have started eating healthy food and have learnt to control my anger. I now take conscious effort to spend time with my brother and sister, and I help my mother and sister in doing housework too!

I go regularly for my club practices and If I make a mistake while practicing, my coaches encourage me to do better. When I played my first match, I was both nervous and excited! I played with the elder boys; so they guided me during the game. We won that match and I was very happy that I played with them. This built my confidence greatly.

When the club selected me for the Palghar District Football Associate (PDFA) tournament, I was very excited! I told my mother about this and she was very proud of me. This is a big tournament, so I have started practicing very hard.”

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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