A true change agent

According to the International Labour Organisation, there are around 12.9 million Indian children engaged in work between the ages of 7 to 17. When children are employed or doing unpaid work, they are less likely to attend school, trapping them in the cycle of poverty. Like millions of those children, Sameer always dreamed of going to school, instead he was forced into child labour by his uncle. At just 10, he started working alongside his uncle to support his family and started taking care of his siblings. He was exposed to tobacco and became addicted to it.

One day, Sameer was rescued by an organisation and moved into our night shelter in Kamathipura when he turned 17. He is also part of the after-school programme and the football team. During the lockdown in India, when all our programmes were shut down, our staff were unable to reach out to the community people. Change agents like Sameer were of great help. He helped the Kamathipura staff distribute ration kits to the children and the mothers in the red-light area.

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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