A Fighter

When I was younger, my parents and I used to stay in Bandra, Mumbai. We bought ahouse in Nalasopara but we faced a lot of problems following that. We were not allowed to move in by the builders. My parents often went to meet them but werealways pushed away. All their legal efforts were in vain too! Finally, my mother movedinto the house alone because I had school in Bandra and my father was also workingthere. She withstood the taunts and the pressures given by the builders to securethe house. She stood firm with the decision she made and faced the builders withoutgetting scared because she knew she was right.

My mother is an active part of the Nalasopara community, motivating others to be apart of the programmes at Oasis. My superhero is my mom. She motivates me andteaches me to never give up. She often says, “You may not get it in the first try,second or even the third but you keep trying and you will get it eventually. Be boldand speak for what is right.” I admire my mother a lot and have great respect for her.
~ Manisha, ASP, Nalasopara

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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