Hope Over Fear – Ruby’s Story

Ruby comes from a middle class family in Chennai. When she fell in love withsomeone, her family disavowed her. Ruby got married nevertheless and they have 2daughters who are 9 and 7 years old. As a family, they struggled to keep going with the salary that Ruby’s husband gets. During COVID-19, her husband had no incomeand her daughters had to drop out of school because they had no money to pay theirschool fees. Ruby wanted her daughters to study well and she saw great potential inher eldest daughter who was one of the bright students in her class. She wasdetermined to find a way of survival and to get her daughters back to school.

Ruby joined Oasis India a few years back and completed the 6-month vocationaltailoring course and Blue edge, an employment-readiness programme with us.During the pandemic, she began stitching clothes for those in her neighbourhood andmanaged her family expenses. Ruby also joined the micro skilling course at ourChennai hub where she learnt how to make chemicals like phenyl, soap oils and daily essentials and started selling the phenyl. This helped in receiving some incometo help feed her family every day. Ruby’s batch of students from the micro skillingcourse hope to collaborate together to start a unit of their own. Finally, as things arestarting to look up a little for Ruby, she says that these struggles has caused her tobecome empowered in the face of her challenges.

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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