Manasi’s Story

Manasi* lived with her parents and a disabled sister in Nalasopara, Mumbai. She recounts her struggles and abuse at home:

“I had two sisters. My father used to come home drunk and beat up my mother everyday. As a child, I only saw fights at home and as a result I could not express my feelings or talk about anything to anyone. I became very silent. I studied only until 7th grade. I wanted to study more but my father stopped my education and sent me to work in a steel factory for Rs. 300, per month. My  father never liked me or my sisters. He sexually abused me for several years. My sister suddenly disappeared one day when she was just 7 years old. My heart was broken as I longed to know what happened to her and where she was. I am not able to overcome that loss even today. My father abused my disabled sister too. Our own home was not safe for us.”

Manasi has finished her nursing skill training at our Nalasopara hub. While things were looking up for Manasi, the second wave hit and her father began forcing her to start commercial sex work to earn money. As we were alerted about the situation, we warned the father and have moved Manasi into our rehab home, Nirmal Bhavan,where she will be safe and can take up trainings for skill development.

Although, Manasi feels like this change is everything she every wanted, she is worried about her mother and sister. This new beginning can be a fresh start not justfor Manasi but for family too. Her hope is to have a life free of abuse and pain.

*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