A Testament To Freedom

Poonam, from Borivali, was eager to work and support her family. Her father was the sole breadwinner and she wanted to make life easier for him. While looking for a solution, Poonam’s friend introduced her to us and now she is making the best of her life.

Poonam’s experience in her own words:
Oasis staff guided me to join the 6-month Mum BA 1 hairdressing course at Borivali. I was always very timid and shy but joining this course has helped me break out of my shell. Travelling in the Mumbai local trains in itself felt like a BIG achievement for me. On identifying my abilities, the course trainer offered me work at her parlour. I had the opportunity to participate in various beauty events across the city. One of the most memorable experiences was when I got an opportunity to participate in a hairstyling competition at Taj Hotel, attended by models and stars. A local newspaper featured a photo of me styling a model and I was beyond thrilled for that recognition. Even now new opportunities keep coming my way and I make the most of it. I’m grateful to Oasis India for giving me this opportunity. This journey has helped me to support my family and also find my passion.

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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