Dhana

Dhanalakshmi, fondly known as Dhana is part of the hairdressing and beautician training in our Kalayanpuram hub, Chennai. She is the top performer in her class and is loved by everyone as she patiently helps those who struggle with techniques and is always trying new things! Her positive attitude and smile often mask the sadness in her life. Dhana lost her mother at a very young age and did not have much of an education as she had to drop out of school. She also recently lost her father, who was the pillar of their family. Having lost both parents, Dhana was left to take care of her sisters.

Dhana heard about Oasis India through a friend. She made the decision to enrol in the hairdressing programme right away and learn a new skill that will help her care for herfamily. This served as a turning point for Dhana. She became the best performer in her group, quickly grasping concepts and techniques so well. She also makes the effort to be presentable and grooms herself well. This helped her become very confident in herself and her skills. After graduating, Dhana has started earning through hairdressing and beautician home services. She still comes to the hub to practice regularly and strives to be the best.Dhana hopes to return to school and finish her education, earning a degree that will add value to her hairdressing and beautician skills.

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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