A teacher in the making

Ezhil was part of our six-month employment readiness programme, Blue Edge at Basin Bridge and was a vital part of the Community Vigilance Group, creating awareness with a team in his community. He tutors over 35 children at the after-school programme (ASP) at Kannigapuram and helps with their holistic development. Here’s a short interview with him.

– What do you do now?
I am working in H&M, Chennai as a Sales Adviser. I also tutor children at Oasis’ after-school programme. This job has really helped me to identify my strength and weaknesses. I have learnt to understand myself which has in turn helped while working with children.

– How has your experience been with teaching children at ASP?
Tutoring has become a great part of my life. I consider it a privilege to help these children and take a special interest in them as my brothers and sisters. On Teacher’s Day, they all wished me and I felt like it was the biggest achievement of my life.

– What is the one thing you follow while dealing with children at ASP?
I am always patient while dealing with children. I try to be calm and kind when I teach and discipline them.

– What is your dream for children from Kannigapuram?
My dream for them is that they will all learn English and will learn to speak fluently and boldly.

– Who is your favourite teacher and what have they taught you about life?
My favorite teacher is Evangeline Grace who taught me in Blue Edge. She taught me that how we treat others is how they will treat us and I have always followed that. I will continue to teach that to the children at Kannigapuram.

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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