Khushi and Muskan

Khushi Dubey (15) and Muskan Dubey (14) are sisters, studying in 10th and 9thgrade. Khushi plays as a striker and Muskan plays as a defender in our football teamat Nalasopara. In the beginning, they joined without knowing what football is. They have now learnt the details of how to play football, how many players are in a team,the rules and regulations, cards, different free kicks, etc with great interest.

After coming for practices regularly, they have learnt to manage time wisely byfollowing a time table and to tackle any task with a positive mindset. Khushi and Muskan’s lifestyles have changed too, as they have stopped eating junk food and arebecoming more conscious of their health. They have also learnt how to develop their confidence and talk to everyone without any hesitation.

Khushi and Muskan had very good first match experience. Muskan says, “We were very nervous and scared of the opponent players but after playing our first match weare more confident. We constantly work towards improving our game.” She has also played really well in the competitions and has saved goals as a defender for theteam!

Muskan has taken on responsibilities like distributing the nutrition to the teammembers. The sisters both, send reminders for everyone in the group regularlyabout nutrition or any other information from the staff. They help in taking the girls tothe club and are always first to take up important responsibilities. Most of all,they enjoy practicing! Kushi and Muskan love when they are taught different moves and tackles. Khushi says, “We are grateful for Oasis and the opportunity we have toplay for a club and to move forward in sports.”

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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