Mumbai - A 'Stop the Traffik' rally was held in the suburbs of Mumbai at Nalasopara. The rally stretched from Nallasopara Station to Santosh Bhavan on India's 63rd Republic Day event. 3500 people were witnesses to the street plays and 3 local newspapers: Pudhari (Marathi newspaper), Jagalyaa (Marathi newspaper) and Maharashtra Buland Times carried reports on the event. 100 volunteers from 7 churches also participated in the event. There were three groups which enacted 15 street plays along the route and around 8000 Stop the Traffik information sheets were distributed.

Prior to the rally the team conducted a two-day training program for 60youth volunteers from 7 different churches and formed three ACT groups- 'Yuva', 'Freedom' and 'Unity'. Through the rally people were made aware of human trafficking. The programme was conducted with permission from the Police and local authorities.

Chennai - New initiatives in Chennai are focusing on child beggary, transgender community and youth in resettlement areas. Oasis will be working in partnership with Ministry of Social Defense, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board and Transgender Rights Association.

A staff outing was organized on the 20th and 21st where staff reflected on the past few months and also had a refreshing time, resting.

Alex Gonzalez has been volunteering with Oasis over the past month, helping with documentation and raising supporters for Oasis.

Cameo and Aircel customer care, 2 companies where Blue Edge graduates were placed gave positive feedback about their performance and requested more of the same caliber.The 2nd division league matches begin on the 9th February. The boys are quite under pressure as some of them will appear for exams too. The Parents-Teachers Association at the BV Colony Government School was held and the SSA Co-ordinator oriented them on their roles and responsibilities. The parents have become proactive and conducted the Republic Day celebrations in the school.

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