Moments Of Hope

When a lockdown is announced, what is the first place we rush to? We go to a grocery store to stock up. Have we ever thought about the state of our farmers whose businesses have been greatly affected during the lockdown?

Daniel Jabaraj, our Programme Leader – Anti-human Trafficking – South, in Bangalore was approached by Jagdish, a socially conscious industrialist employing and helping transgenders. Our team was requested to sell tomatoes for a farmer and his story was a heart wrenching one. A farmer approached Jagdish in Ramnad, Karnataka and proceeded to give him a whole bag of tomatoes for free. As Jagdish probed, the farmer said that he had worked for years in the city and saved money to lease a land. Finally when he did lease the four acres of land to grow and sell tomatoes, the pandemic and the lockdown crippled his business. The farmer said that he was going to give away all his produce and die by suicide. He is a father of 4 children whose lives depend on his livelihood.

Jagdish approached our team at Oasis and requested to sell the farmer’s produce. In collaboration with Jagdish and his connections, we were able to see tomatoes for the farmer and give him the money. A small gesture such as these can save the lives and businesses of farmers in need.

How can you help?
When you receive word about farmers or migrants struggling, you can connect them with non-profit organisations and other institutions that are providing aid at this time. A small act of help can cause a ripple effect of change.

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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