Creating a space for growth

Deena*, 20 years old, resides at our group home in Mumbai. When boys this age enjoy a carefree life, Deena carries the responsibility of taking care of himself andfiguring out an uncertain future all by himself.

As a child, Deena lived with his mother in the red-light area. Fearing the unclean andunsafe environment, his mother joined him at a shelter home for children. This was the frist time Deena was left to cope with sudden changes in life. After a few years,tragedy struck when his mother suddenly passed away. Deena’s world was shattered.

In 10th grade, Deena moved into the Oasis boys group home and has received allthe help he needs to lay the foundation for success in the future. He has learnt house management and during the lockdown, he completed the employment-readinessprogramme, Blue Edge at Oasis and has received the best performing student award too! Now, we have helped Deena get admission in a college for his further education.He wishes to complete his studies, start working and earn money to support himselfand live an independent life.

Bearing a terrible loss at such a young age, we believe in giving Deena an environment to feel supported, and serve as a catalyst for his growth.
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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