Bhavya Gets a New Beginning

Bhavya* was trafficked into sex work by a well-wisher who often visited her house, enticing her with good job opportunities in the city. She never returned home but maintained a good report that everything was okay at the job and that she was earning well.

Bhavya fell in love when she met Ajay*, and she got married, hoping that life was going to get better with him around. She was relieved that she did not have to go back to the red-light area anymore. When Bhavya was pregnant with her second child, Kaushik*, she found out that Ajay was already married. He was no longer living with her or supporting her, forcing her to return to the red-light district with her two children.She was lost and worried that she had to go back to her previous lifestyle.

Bhavya met our change agent, Madhavi, who helped her babysit her children. She guided Bhavya to put her two children in a hostel where they would be safe. Arya was sent to a hostel in Bangalore, and Kaushik was put up in a hostel in Mumbai. At the peak of the pandemic, Kaushik was transferred to a government home as the hostel that he was in was closed due to legal issues. Bhavya began panicking as his custody procedure was complicated and she was clueless as to what to do. Our Drop-in Centre staff in Grant Road helped Bhavya with the documents needed to get custody of her son. Last December, we helped enrol Kaushik in an NGO in Pune, where he will receive help with education, care, and shelter. Kaushik gets holistic care and is well-adjusted to his new home. On the other hand, Bhavya has moved into our rehabilitation home, Nirmal Bhavan, for the new beginning that she always deserved.

Our staff have helped many more women like Bhavya who are forced by circumstances to go back to the red-light area. They are guided to make informed and good choices for themselves and their children.

*Names have been changed to protect their identities.

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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