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:
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.
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.
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.