She fought for her child’s education

A mother’s love is fierce and strong. We witness in our communities, mothers going out of their way to help their children have all the things that they could not have as a child.One such mother is Sakina in Nalasopara, Mumbai who went against age-old traditions to ensure her child’s right to education.

Sakina, 30, says, “Becoming a mother is one of the greatest things that can happen to someone.” She loves her four children and wants great things for them. Sakina contacted Oasis India two years ago and wanted us to enrol her children in the informal education programme as they had not been to school. This was the norm in Sakina’s community. Banjara Community women and children face many challenges as they are not allowed to go to school. Sakina could not go to school because of that. Although no child from her community had been to a school, Sakina pushed for her children to get education. With our guidance and support, she took them to a school and got them admission there. She says, “I felt like I achieved something great in life. I had no freedom when I was a child. But for my children, the sky is the limit. I give them the freedom to do what they need to do and never limit them. I hope that they will become good police officers in the future.”
Sakina is also part of our change agent group inspiring the other women in her community.

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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