Overcoming Depression – Hammeda’s story

Women who join our skilling programmes across India also earn great support systems for life. Through life skill discussions and sessions conducted by our staff,women learn to navigate through life’s struggles efficiently and to support each other through the process. Many who graduate, often come back to receive guidance from our team.

Hameeda is one such individual. Hameeda struggled with depression for many years afterher marriage. She faced many hardships as her husband did not work regularly and eventhe little he earned was not given to the family. When she was pregnant. she did not recieve proper food and was bound within the four walls of her house. She was not on speaking terms with those in her own home, and this led to her extreme depression and insomnia.

Hameeda’s mother noticed her deteriorating health and took her to the hospital to be treated for depression. She was put on medication and has been in treatment for several years. She then joined the vocational tailoring course at the Hallegudhadhahalli hub in Bangalore. She says, “Coming from this abyss of depression, Oasis was like a beam of comfort for me. Attending the tailoring course and engaging with the other women in the class has been a breakthrough. It is a very good atmosphere with positive thinking friends and a team that always encourages me to do something in life.”

Hammeda successfully completed the 6-month vocational tailoring programme and has started taking on small orders and stitching clothes for her family and neighbours. This has been a boost to her confidence and self-esteem. She says, “Taking on orders is a great achievement for me. I could not even come out of my house, but now I am supporting my family financially, and it feels so good.”

Every now and then, Hammeda struggles with decisions and problems at home. She has a hard time dealing with uncertain situations, but she always reaches out to our team for guidance. Hameeda says, “Every time I am unable to make a decision, I only sit and cry,but counselling with the Oasis staff has helped me to take on problems and find solutions.”This positive impact on Hameeda has also improved her mental health, and her doctors have reduced the dosage of her medication too. A great milestone! Hameeda says, “I am grateful to Oasis India for treating me as an equal and for not looking down on me. I have always experienced disrespect, but at the hub, I feel respected and heard. ”

We are truly proud of Hameeda’s progress and achievements.

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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