53 communities - 11 countries:
In each context, we focus on marginalized communities, walking alongside them in a holistic manner. Our connection to the Oasis Global family maintains cohesion between the different sites. Our role is to help resource this work through donations, developing prayer networks, foundation grants, and sending staff to work with these countries. Oasis USA has helped send Jerry Johnson (working with Oasis Zimbabwe) and the Walker family (working with the Oasis team in Kyrgyzstan). Over the years we have partnered with Oasis Bangladesh, Uganda, Belgium, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe and India to submit grants to U.S. based foundations. To get involved in our global work, you can donate (specify country or staff in the subject) or e-mail for more information.
- Bangladesh - Oasis began work in Bangladesh in 2003, initially setting up a technical training center with a local partner. The team’s vision is to see business and community development initiatives working together in an integrated way which includes providing employment in vulnerable communities. In Dhaka the team works with 200 families in a slum community where the children are at risk of exploitative labor. In addition Oasis coordinates Stop The Traffik there, and is involved in an emerging Anti-Trafficking Project involving the repatriation of women and children trafficked into the sex-trade in India. They have also started a new social business, called Oasis Transformation.
- Belgium - Oasis Belgium was registered in 2006, and since then has been active in fighting human trafficking. This has included raising awareness in schools, helping trafficking victims in Thai massage parlors across the country and also lobbying the EU parliament on trafficking issues.
- India - India was the first overseas base to be set up by Oasis. Since that time the work in India has grown and now has projects running in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. These projects include working with people in disadvantaged communities to bring transformation and empowerment; working with people excluded from communities to bring them back into community and working with churches and other agencies to replicate the work. In the last several years Oasis India has facilitated freedom for over 300 victims of trafficking. Check out this video on their recent incredible work to bust a child trafficking ring.
- Kyrgyzstan - Almost 11,000 children live in orphanages and other children’s centres in Kyrgyzstan. Depending on the type of institution, young people will be required to leave these homes between the ages of 15 and 17, and their departure from these institutions in their mid teenage years is likely to be a traumatic process. Oasis works with the most vulnerable of these young people – namely those who lack family support and other social ties – as they make the transition from living in a government institution to living independently.
- Mozambique - Oasis Mozambique began in Beira in 2002 and aims to transform the poor communities around Beira. This is done through working alongside community based organizations as they seek to transform their local communities as well as through providing direct intervention where necessary. The work in Mozambique is split into 3 areas: Health and Environment; Youth and Education and Community Mobilization. In these areas Oasis runs a clinic, provides food for babies of HIV positive mothers, coordinates cleanup days, installs clean water sources, oversees children’s youth clubs and provides organizational capacity building with community based organizations.
- South Africa - Established in 2006, Oasis South Africa is developing work in poor communities of north-western Johannesburg, focusing specifically on the new economically integrated community of Cosmo City. The projects include community health care, youth development, Net2Work IT training, and support for schools, pre-schools and local churches. Work is also done to facilitate community forums and train leaders to create partnerships that will create long-term, sustainable solutions to the problems of poverty. The South Africa team has recently developed a curriculum call Rhythm of Life, which is being tested and used in various Oasis locations.
- Uganda - Oasis Uganda started in 2001 and runs projects in Kampala, Mbale, Gulu and Pader. Work includes holistic formal and informal education programs for vulnerable girls; IT and job skills programs for disadvantaged youth and former child soldiers/abducted children; skills training and entrepreneurship in things such as catering, hairdressing, tailoring, crafts and agriculture for vulnerable women; and community development in slum communities which seek to empower people to help them start projects to boost their income and help them become self-sufficient. Help is given to children who have missed out on education both in Oasis Uganda projects and in other partner projects.
- UK - Oasis began in the UK in 1986 under the vision of Steve Chalke. Oasis UK delivers its work primarily in the 12 communities where it runs Academy Schools all of which are in urban priority areas. This hub structure means that other initiatives link in with the school to provide an integrated approach to the local community. Otheriprograms within each hub include housing and training projects for homeless young people, youth mentoring schemes, sex and relationship education and community-focused churches. In addition Oasis UK runs a college to train people in a range of community engagement areas including the youth work and ministry degree program. Faithworks exists to mobilize and motivate others to be involved in their local communities while Stop The Traffik is a global campaign to address issues of human trafficking.
- Zimbabwe - Oasis Zimbabwe is engaged in community empowerment to train and equip church volunteers to run pre-schools and sports & recreation programs in their own communities. Additionally the sports and recreation project has set up a youth friendly corner in a clinic for access and dissemination of information on reproductive health. Oasis Zimbabwe is also involved in providing practical and vocational skills training for the local community and providing a safe home and rehabilitation and training.