Empowering Women From RLA

Asmitha*, a 19-year-old from Kolkatta, ran away from home and came to Mumbai. She lived in a hospital where she met Rohit who promised to marry her. With hopes of a better life she trusted him but soon enough she found that he was already married. She ran away again after which she faced big challenges in her life.

Asmitha was looking for a place to stay when a woman promised to give her shelter. She took Asmitha to the red-light area and forced her to take up customers. Many women who are sold into trafficking face sexual and physical violence from the pimps, husband or customers. The trauma is still present in Asmitha and she refuses to talk about it to anyone. Our staff met with her during outreach, following which she moved to Nirmal Bhavan, our rehabilitation home for women who leave the red-light area. Asmitha successfully completed the tailoring course at Oasis. She is now working, independent and strong.

Empowering sex workers with the knowledge of their rights and creating an awareness to seek help encourages them to stay alert and safe.
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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