“I love coming for practice and learning new skills”

My mother was a part of Oasis India’s vocational tailoring course in Basin Bridge, Chennai and here, she heard about the football programme for boys! She spoke to Coach Kavi and enrolled me in it. I have been a part of the football team for the past 4 years.

I love coming for practice every day and learning new skills. I used sit at home and while away my time before but after joining the sports programme, I have become very active and fit. My favourite part of the practice sessions is the match that we have towards the end of each day. My sports team plays so well and we have never lost a match!

I see a lot of difference in myself since joining the sports programme. The coaches teach me how to be disciplined and to be more focused on my work. I am so grateful for all of these lessons. Coach Kavi and Coach Ganesh are the reason for who I am today. I have had so many wonderful experiences in this sports programme and with my friends but the moment that I will remember forever is when we all travelled to
Yelagiri for Mukthi Bike Challenge 2021. We had so much fun practicing street plays, putting up awareness sessions on the roads and spending time together in the dorms! I will carry the lessons I learnt about working as a team and the experiences I had here for life.

Oasis has helped me to dream big. I have witnessed people in my community and at home, not being respected by others. They are treated badly and are taken advantage of. So I want to become a Police Officer and earn the respect of everyone around me. I know my fitness and life skills training in the sports programme is a stepping stone for that.

Mukesh, 16

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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