Sports at RLA

Priyanka, 14, stays with her parents in Kamathipura. During a visit at a local school,our staff met Priyanka and introduced Oasis’ after-school programme. In 2017,Priyanka visited the centre with her mother and joined the after-school programme atKamathipura. She takes active part in the hub activates, life skills sessions, rhythm oflife sessions, events, outings, summer camp, celebrations and health check-ups.Participation in the activities at the hubs has helped Priyanka understand theimportance of personal care, social behaviour, discipline and ownership. ThroughLife skill sessions Priyanka says that she has learnt the importance of respecting others, supporting, helping, and caring. Since coming to Oasis, she has experienced love, received educational support and made many wonderful friends which sheconsiders a great blessing. Priyanka was also underweight when she joined thefootball team but she has now gained some healthy weight and has grown taller.

In 2019, Priyanka joined the Kamathipura football team and was very enthusiasticabout learning the game and also learning the lessons that were taught in herpractice sessions. She identified the gender inequality in her family and isdetermined to change it. Priyanka says, “In our culture girls are not allowed to go toschool after 13 years, but I have privilege to attend school. In the place that I live,girls gets married early too but I am determined to change that inequality not just inmy family but in my community as well!” Priyanka is happy that she is a part of thefootball team and loves coming to Oasis for daily football practices. She says thatshe learnt the importance of team work. Priyanka says, “It feels like a dream to be apart of this football team.”

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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