What bias are you breaking?

Our staff and women from the communities answer.

“I lost my parents at a very young age. My uncle is the one that took care of me. He is the biggest inspiration for me. Many people spoke down upon me, saying that I can never achieve anything. My goal is to finish this hairdressing course and start a parlour. I want to prove myself in front of these people who spoke down on me.” Ragavi, Chennai

“I believe that women are the strength of the country. I am courageous and I believe that all women should be brave too!” Kushi*, Rehab & After-care, Mumbai




“I believe in equality and I am a staunch advocate for the same. Seeing my boldness, my family also supports me. They never tell me that I cannot do something because I am a girl.” Kumkum, Basic Compute Course, Nalasopara

“I have always seen restrictions and conditions for women but in my family, I ensure that we talk to the boys and men about respecting women and protecting them. We should treat both men and women equally.” Usha Rani, Self-Help Group, Bangalore

“At home, I make sure that I treat both my son and daughter equally. I don’t believe in treating them differently because of their gender.” Arushi*, Kamathipura, Mumbai

“I’ve learnt to be an independent woman through my life experiences and struggles. As my children grew up, they settled with their family and after my husband left me I survived on my own. I had to take care of two of my grandchildren as well! This experience taught me the most important part about being courageous and standing up not just for myself but for others too. I struggle to meet my month’s expense. Farming is my only source of income and I have my grandchildren solely dependent on me. I had to learn to manage my monthly expenses along with their schooling. This gave me the motivation to start every new day afresh and wake up with a hope that I don’t struggle just for myself and the struggle is going to be fruitful one day.” Nu Lamting, Manipur

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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