Sarita finally goes to school!

Sarita was heartbroken when she had to quit school because of financial issues at home. She often found herself consumed in thoughts, worrying about her future. She was forgetting how to speak English and it was frustrating. All she longed to do was go back to school.

Joining our Basic English Course at Nalasopara, Mumbai was the most exciting thing that had happened to Sarita in a long time. In the first class, she motivated herself by saying that the English language has only 26 letters, and if she could ace learning them and study how to use them, then she could speak good English. Sarita enjoyed learning English and often practiced it with her big sister. Every opportunity she got, Sarita spoke in English.

While talking with our tutor, Sarita said, with tears welling up, “I am not privileged to study further. I just wish to go back to school.” The tutor was inspired by her interest in studying and began looking for ways to enrol her in a school. One of our staff sought the help of a principal, who assessed Sarita and agreed to enrol her in 8th grade. Sarita’s face lit up with great joy. Her dreams were finally coming true.

Sarita says, “I love going to school! The Basic English Course has helped me greatly in understanding and responding in class. I am so happy.”

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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