Sahil’s Story

At 17, Sahil joined Blue Edge, a 6-month employment readiness programme. A traumatic childhood had forced him to grow up too quickly. He was just 12-years-old when his father abandoned him. He dropped out of school to work at a joinery to earn for his family. Experiencing physical abuse at his work place, he carried a lot of bitterness in his heart. During the first month at Blue Edge, Sahil was always secluded. He did not talk to anyone. In one of the rhythm of life sessions with the Blue Edge students, the staff discussed forgiveness and bitterness. This is when Sahil opened up about the bitterness that he has towards his abuser and his father.

Staff counselled Sahil and helped him understand that he has to come to terms with his past. He could either continue to be bitter or he can leave his past behind and learn to push forward. He took a decision to turn his life around. He started doing well in class and concentrated on developing his personality. He now works at Pizza Hut and is also planning to study further.

Sahil is not just a great student but a responsible citizen. He is one of Oasis India’s change agents. He and his friends also raised funds to supply bedsheets, pillow covers and groceries for an old age home.

The greatest challenge as an organisation is not creating change but creating initiators of change.

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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