A confident KumKum

KumKum, 19, was part of our basic computer class in Nalasopara hub, Mumbai. KumKum has four siblings, and the pandemic made it difficult for her father to run the family with an unstable salary. He could not support the education of all his children and take care of the family expenses. KumKum, being the elder daughter, took on some responsibilities at home and wanted to start earning to help her family. She joined our basic computer course to learn a skill and seek employment.

At our centre, she learnt how to use a computer and to work on basic computer softwares like Microsoft Office, etc. Although this was completely new for KumKum, she was a very attentive student and a quick learner. Our staff saw that she was a leader in the way she helped others, encouraged them and took responsibility for getting things done. She successfully completed the course and was hoping to find a job. Our staff sent her for an interview at a consultancy. As we hoped, she aced the interview and was selected for an Admin/HR role. The consultancy also offered KumKum the opportunity to study and work.She now earns and supports her family along with her father while completing her education. A true transformation.

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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