Jasmine’s Story

When Jasmine* was born, her father left the family because he wanted a baby boy and not a girl. Jasmine’s mother was a commercial sex worker in Kamathipura who struggled to provide for her children alone. She had to attend the customers with her new born child; a situation that no mother should go through. After the kids grew up, Jasmine and her siblings were sent to be a part of our day care center and night shelter every day as their mother had to work at the brothel.

Jasmine has been a part of our after-school programme for children and stays back in the night shelter until 10 pm. Our staff noticed that she often imitated her mother in the way she spoke and acted as that was all she saw back at home. At a young age, she was exposed to the activities in the red-light area. Children learn from what they see. Our well-equipped staff met with Jasmine’s mother and explained the effects that this environmentand actions have on her child and how she can curb it. Counselling and parenting sessions have helped the mother – daughter develop a good relationship together and spend quality time that enables a healthy holistic growth of Jasmine.

For the past two years, Jasmine attends a local government school and has accustomed to a structured and disciplined lifestyle. She is taught about good choices, safe and unsafe touch and other important things at our center. Our staff have witnessed her blossom into an ambitious and bright girl. She is enthusiastic and is always up to any challenge in her academics. Jasmine is very good with numbers and always aspires to finish her work ontime. Not just in academics but she has reached a milestone in developing her emotional intelligence. Jasmine often withdrew when she was unhappy and when our staff spoke to her, she said that she could not express or identify what she was feeling. We helped her identify her emotions and through life skill sessions helped her understand, use, and manage her emotions in a positive way.
Children who live in the red-light areas can thrive with a change of environment, role models and direction. Jasmine is a good example for this.

*name changed

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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