Kamali, 21, lives in Kannaginagar with her family. She joined the hairdressing programme at a crucial time in her life, when there were no job opportunities due to the pandemic. During the course of the programme, we got to understand Kamali and her resilient personality.

Kamali had a difficult childhood. Her father was an alcoholic. She lost him to the addiction when she was just 16. Her mother is a domestic worker who runs the family with an earning of just Rs.10,000 per month ($134 | £98). Though struggles at home hovered over her mind, her dreams of becoming a lawyer inspired her of a better future.

Kamali decided to study law after her undergrad but her family was deep in need of money. Kamali knew she had leave her dreams behind and start working soon. A crushing reality stood in front of her. She had to help.

She began tutoring at a non-profit in Kannagi Nagar and was able to earn a little to provide for her mother. But that was not enough to keep the family going. Kamali was unable to take up job at corporates as she did not have a laptop. Young people in the slum communities are often unable to pursue their career due to the lack of resources even when opportunities present itself.

When Kamali was wondering what to do, one of her friends introduced her to the hairdressing programme at Oasis India. Although she was not interested in grooming, in desperate need for help, she decided to give it a shot anyway. Kamali says, “I never liked grooming and never gave any importance to it myself. When I started training at Oasis India, I developed a keen interest and began practicing grooming. The more I learn about it, the more exciting it was! 

When Kamali initially joined the programme, her hesitancy and lack of interest was obvious for our trainers. However, over the course of six months, we witnessed a great change in her behaviour and attentiveness. Kamali is one of the trainees with a high attendance score in the course and is always willing to learn despite the challenges.

Our team says, “We had a four day exposure training at Natural Salons around the city where the trainees were sent in pairs to learn from first-hand experience.  During the first week, a trainee was hesitant to do the visit alone as she did not have a partner. When we discussed this with the other trainees, Kamali was the first one to volunteer to go alone. We appreciate her braveness and her desire to learn no matter what.”

Kamali says, “The exposure visit gave me a new perspective and a deeper understanding about this field. Initially, I wanted to take up any job to help my mother but now, I know that I need to get develop myself in this field and be the best in it. So I am looking forward to graduating from the hairdressing course and starting my career as a beautician.”

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Dear Partners & Supporters,

 Greetings from Oasis India!

I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year! As we step in 2022, we thank you for what you have helped us accomplish this past year.

Oasis India has accomplished 27 successful years of empowering women and children in India. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful support and partnership that we have shared over the years. Even though we faced a great global distress in the past years, we have come out stronger. As we begin celebrating this season of joy and peace, I would like to thank you for your support and love towards Oasis India.

My sincere appreciation to the Board (Committee of Management) for their guidance and a special thank you to our funding partners. We are very grateful to our institutional donors, Mukthi Bike Challenge network & riders, volunteers, sponsors, donors, 500 club donors, community partners and everyone who has continued to support our work through donations, volunteering and professional services. You all make us who we are and we will never lose sight of that. Our teams in the field who work directly with the beneficiaries have gone above and beyond their call of duty in 2021 and have left me so deeply humbled by their self-sacrificing efforts and commitment.

You will be delighted to know that in 2021, we have received our Platinum certification from GuideStar India for one year. That makes Oasis India one of the selected 100 non-profits attaining the highest Transparency and Quality Standards. We are on track, making all necessary arrangements for our FCRA renewal. We have also received 12AB and 80G renewal for the year. Our biggest accomplishment this year has been the successful launch of our new hub at North East in Churachandpur, Manipur to help families in alternative skill training and holistic development of children, leading to a developed and socially conscious community. Mukthi Bike Challenge 2021 was nothing short of amazing and the different editions in the various cities and countries helped us to get the word out about human trafficking to people around the globe.

Thank you all for supporting the work of Oasis India and helping us make a difference in our community. Your dedication is what inspires each and every one of us. This season, I wish you all the best and success in life as we head towards 2022! Be blessed.

With Regards,
Mangneo Lhungdim
Executive Director
Oasis India