Oasis responds to the local needs of 51 communities across the globe, which requires an enormous amount of support and resource.
Global partnering is one of the ways our academies can support the varying needs of country specific programmes. From providing funds and gifts in kind, to arranging visits during the holidays to offer more hands-on help.
Oasis Academy MediaCityUK is linked with Oasis India and Oasis Mozambique.
Oasis began its work in India in 1993 in Mumbai and now also works in the cities of Bangalore and Chennai. All work is either involved in the building of community hubs or in relation to human trafficking. Community hubs take an integrated approach to community transformation while the anti-trafficking work includes outreach, rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of those who have been trafficked.
Across its six community hubs, Oasis India runs the following projects:
Hub service – Similarly to all the other hubs, there is no strictly defined blueprint that dictates what a hub should look like or which services it should provide. Instead, each hub seeks to serve the immediate needs of the local area with offerings that range from a football club to a tutoring centre. Hubs are intended to be adaptable and flexible to the changing needs of a community, while focussing on bringing people in the community together.
Drop In Centre - Women trapped in sexual slavery can get support and more importantly find a way out of human trafficking, at the Drop in Centre. We offer the Drop In Centre to women in sexual slavery as a place where they can find healthcare, tutoring and care for their children and information on finding a life outside of the brothels.
Day Care Centre - In 2011 our Day Care Centre in the heart of India's largest red light district, Kamatipur, was opened. This project aims to protect and care for the children of sexually exploited women. Many of the children live in the brothels with their mothers and the Day Care Centre gives them a place to go during business hours. While in our care we help them with their studies, by beginning the school enrolment process for children if necessary and offering counselling support to mothers.
Anti-Human Trafficking - The anti-human trafficking department works with local police departments in Mumbai and Bangalore to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking, develop informants within the gangs and execute raids to free those kept in bondage. We also run awareness programmes in cities and rural villages to teach young women and their families the warning signs and dangers of human traffickers.
Transitional Housing - We provide housing to members of India's most vulnerable communities. This may be women recently rescued from brothels or it may be young boys at risk of joining notorious gangs. Through these homes we provide shelter, food, education and 'house parents' who act as positive role models and sources of help and encouragement.
Infant mortality is extremely high in the Manga area of Beira. At the Manga LoForte hub, Oasis Mozambique focuses on reducing infant mortality through improving water quality, sanitation and hygiene. Much of the work is done through 96 “mother leaders” who each educate a further 12 neighbours. In the 2013 monsoon season, there were no cases of Cholera reported in the community.
This hub reflects the integrated nature of the community work of Oasis. The vast range of the hub’s activities include after-school homework clubs, teaching life skills and raising awareness of HIV and AIDS.
Oasis Mozambique operates a diverse range of exciting projects which include:
WASH Project (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) - As a direct response to high child mortality rates in Manga Loforte, Oasis has launched an initiative to improve health care and protect lives by sharing knowledge and providing education. By utilising the widely known ‘Care Group’ approach, a small group of volunteer women – known as ‘Change Agents’ – receive regular training, supervision and mentoring on health promotion, home based care and disease prevention and management. E ach member of this group then visits 10-12 neighbourhoods on a regular basis, embedding preventative practises to over 1,200 households a week.
Livelihood improvement – By enrolling them on courses that will help them to secure employment or start a small business, Oasis Mozambique gives young people the opportunity to participate in life skills programmes aimed at restoring their dignity. Oasis Mozambique is passionate about helping young people to discover, develop and deploy their unique talents and abilities. Teaching specialised skills and running dynamic internship programmes are a huge part of the work that they do, all of which is geared towards helping the young people become effective ‘Change Agents’ in their communities. Currently, the youth work is not funded and all the work is done on an informal basis.