A mother’s joy

“I got married at a very young age. My husband and I have 8 children. Due to financial constraints, I was not able to go to the hospital for routine check-ups or for the delivery of our children. This greatly affected my health. My husband and I work odd jobs that are available but our income is not enough to feed our family of 10. So we had to resort to taking our elder daughter out of school and we sent her for work. The other children study in a government school at Songpi village in Churachandpur, Manipur. From time to time, if we needed more money, we would let our children skip school to go for work. Their studies were affected because of this. Whenever our children did go to school, they were very lethargic and negligent towards their studies.

Hoineching and her children with Oasis Staff

During these tough times is when Oasis India conducted awareness programmes at Songpi village. They did programmes on ‘the importance of education’ and on ‘the importance of family planning’. Since attending these sessions, my perception on children’s education has changed. I stopped sending them for work and sent them to school regularly. Letminkai, my second son, studying in 6th standard has joined Oasis India’s after-school programme (ASP). We have seen him improve a lot in his academics since. He has become very responsible and has started studying so well. He asks a lot of questions about his lessons to his tutors every day. Letminkai even secured the first rank in his class! This makes me so happy.”


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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