Shilpa’s road to unlearning

Shilpa*, 13, lives in Mumbai with her elder brother and parents. Her father owns a tailoring business, while her mother is a teacher. When she joined the after-school programme at Oasis, Shilpa found it difficult to adjust to the rules and discipline that the tutors taught them. She often spoke back to them and exhibited behavioural problems that affected her performance in school and those around her.

In counselling, the tutors found that Shilpa was just replicating what she witnessed at home. Many children in communities like Kamathipura often adopt the words, actions and values that they see around them. Shilpa did not know what she was doing was wrong because for her that was a norm. With continuous counselling and life skills, the tutors helped her understand what good values and good manners are. The tutors are glad that they can see changes in her over the past few months. Shilpa has joined the change agents group where she attends meetings regularly. In these meetings they teach them life skills such as helping others, good behaviour, time management and how to have a positive impact in the life of others. Shilpa also influences her friends in school and children from the red-light area to join the after-school programme and also teaches them the life-skills that she learns at the hub.

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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