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Feb
5

An Oasis Intern in India

 

So, how was India?

 

We're some 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and I'm racking my mind trying to figure out how I'm going to answer this looming question.  It's been nearly a year since I left the city where I was born to work with Oasis India and the anticipation of my homecoming stretches the 22 hour flight time to what feels like 22 years.... [more]

 
 
 
Dec
2

Advent: Hope

Any hope worth speaking about is based on our knowledge of the character of God. There are many kinds of hope; hope based on our knowledge of our friends' characters, that they won't let us down, or our own abilities, which we think are strong enough to cope with a challenging situation, but all of them are pale reflections of the ultimate hope; that despite the darkness and the suffering, we believe that God will... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
24

TANAKA means “We are whole”...

TANAKA

The Tanaka team have been conducting day and night outreaches over the past 4 months, helping children and families in innovative ways to leave the streets. Here is one story: 

Rumbi* is a former street child who opted for marriage to curb her vulnerability. Her first husband left her after they had a child; she then married another man and had four more children. Rumbi’s husband spent the capital she had saved to start up a... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
20

The Rhythm of Life - Being Present

Rhythm of life logo

The Rhythm of Life is a means to an end.... [more]
 
 
 
Nov
6

TraffickFree Community NEWS

The last few months have flown by, and I suspect we have all be impacted by many things. Perhaps the most fun has been Tamiko, Chris, & Chris getting used to the addition of their new baby as nearly four months has passed since he came into the world.

We look forward to hearing how they are going and also what has been happening amongst the various TFC’s... [more]

 
 
 
Oct
15

SEEING DIFFERENTLY

In Asia last month, one of our teams identified two boys that were being forced to beg by a woman (not related to them).  They were also forced to fetch her tea and food or other things as she desired.  The boys are approximately 6 and 10 years old.

When the team looked further into the situation, the woman controlling the boys said she “watches” the boys during the day... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
24

Wonderful News!

 
 
 
Sep
12
News from South Africa: Meet Nobuhle

News from South Africa: Meet Nobuhle

Our team members Scott and Shelton in South Africa are doing such good things in their community.

"Nobuhle is like our little sister. She is a part of our family. Having been hurt by many in her life, it took several months to break down barriers and rebuild trust in their place... and we're still on that journey together. Anyone who has experienced cross-cultural friendship knows that real honesty, vulnerability and mutual care and reciprocity is... [more]

 
 
 
Aug
28

WE NOT ME – Operation Agri Article

Our Western Individualistic Lens

Individualism is so pervasive that it has become the lens through which we view and

understand our lives, including our spirituality. It is the lens through which we view

the Bible. Yet, community is so core to God’s nature and purposes that it undergirds

everything that is implicitly inferred or explicitly stated on every page of the Bible.

If we can rediscover... [more]

 
 
 
Aug
26

Update from the Archangel Film Festival

"Whether artist or missionary, a seed is planted in each activist’s heart to utilize their God given talent to help others and to change the world: to draw attention to an issue; to make society look at how others are being mistreated; to show how we are all in need of unity, or to see how our unity is needed to get more done. And, nothing ripples over more generations than does the medium of... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
22

Subscribe to the Treasures Youtube Channel and help them save over $10,000!!!!

If they can get 1,000 subscribers on the Treasures Channel by August 15th,
Youtube will provide free access to their soundstage and production equipment!
This will save Treasures over $10K on the new project they are getting ready
to film and launch!

The Treasures "Stories From the Sex Industry" Series, will show viewers the
reality of the sex industry,... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
1

An encouraging GoodBye

I have had the opportunity to end my internship by helping at Summer Skillz - a summer school program for Pasadena high school students. As Oasis, we get an hour time slot to explain to students the goals of Oasis and the issue of Human Trafficking. The first half of the program is a power point presentation that runs through different statistics on Human Trafficking, stats from the number of slaves in the world today... [more]
 
 
 
Jun
23

40 Freedom Bags Distributed to Survivors for LA Raid

Today the FBI released the results of a recent cross country anti-trafficking raid.  168 children were rescued, and 281 traffickers were arrested....and yes, that's in the U.S.  In LA County alone, 10 victims were rescued and 12 traffickers arrested.

We were contacted prior to the raid by a close partner organization, Saving Innocence,  to help provide Freedom Bags for the survivors.  Our TraffickFree Communities worked hard and fast... [more]

 
 
 
May
2

We Need Your Help!

Senate Bill 1165, which recommends sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention for middle and high school students in California, will be heard in the California Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, May 5

We need your support. Please call members of the appropriations committee and send a message of support for SB 1165. 

Your voice is your vote!

"Hello, I would like to leave a comment about a bill. I am a constituent... [more]

 
 
 
May
1
California Against Slavery

California Against Slavery

Thanks to your efforts, both of our Senate Bills passed committee this week. Senate Bill 1165 now moves to the Senate appropriations committee, where it will be heard in as early as two weeks.

It's thanks to YOU meeting with the representatives on Lobby Day, as well as the many phone calls that were made before voting!

Senate Bill 1165, which would impose stricter penalties for sex buyers, passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee... [more]

 
 
 
Apr
8

What It Means to Spread Awareness and Save Lives

 We often hear stories of organizations that are working to free victims of modern 
day slavery; the organizations that fight to beat down the door, to do raids and
rescues, and to provide a safe place for the rescued to stay. Over the last six
months I have been a part of an organization that does just that: we meet girls on
the... [more]

 
 
 
Apr
8

News From India: Munni's Story

Munni has been trapped in one of India’s largest red light districts since she was 13 

years old. Like so many stories we hear, a stranger convinced Munni’s father that

there was a job as a house cleaner for her in Mumbai, only to sell her to a brothel in

Kamatipura. Her father would soon pass away, never learning of his daughter’s true ... [more]

 
 
 
Apr
2

News From India: Seema's* Story

Seema*grew up the youngest of her siblings in the small Indian village of Karnataka. Her family

was very poor and her father, an alcoholic, was unable to provide for them. The children were

expected to fend for themselves.

When a man from Bangalore came to their village offering Seema a job in the city, her father,

desperate for money, agreed to let him... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
5

One Day's Wages

Help expand Oasis Mozambique’s Malaria and Safe Water Campaign - One Days Wages will match every dollar raised until the project is funded!

As part of the overall WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project Oasis Mozambique is expanding our Malaria and Safe Water campaigns to help reduce infant mortality. 

These campaigns include a multi-day training for 101 ‘Change Agents’ on the principles,... [more]

 
 
 
Jan
31

Trafficking at the Super Bowl?

There has been much debate lately about whether or not there is a significant increase in trafficking around the Super Bowl and other major events.  The bottom line?  There is not substantial research to indiciate this is true, but there are still some documented cases.  So the question we have is 2-fold:  First, isn't it worth it to go through all the hoopla just to change one person's life, and second isn't it good to... [more]

 
 
 
Jan
31

California lawsuit for trafficking in chocolate

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM face child slavery case

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn, 27-Jan-2014

Three Malian men have won the right to bring their civil child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to Californian courts.

 
 
 
Jan
30

Freedom Bags in San Gabriel

The Freedom Bag Event was very well organized and exceeded my expectations! I was so enriched to have been able to help and to be a part of this amazing experience.

It impacted me on so many levels! After hearing incredibly heart-breaking stories from Curstin Taylor, our guest speaker from Saving Innocence, I was reminded yet again of the brokenness of this world and how so many people are... [more]

 
 
 
Jan
13

Spokes, Tutu's & Fairy's wings

 

Bikers of the world unite. 

Well! those in and around Pasadena & Los Angeles did!

At the end of 2013 Prism church community (http://www.prismchurch.com), in Pasadena, partnered with Oasis and organized a Bike-A-Thon to help fund the fight against Human trafficking. CRANC (https://www.facebook.com/CRANC213), a group that supports the cycling community of Los Angeles joined the event and together they rode through the streets of Pasadena... [more]

 
 
 
Dec
19

Chains shall he break

I have always loved the Christmas song 'Oh Holy Night'.  The creeping melody, the slow, building music has always deeply moved me.  Up until several years I never paid attention to the third verse - once I did, the song resonated even more.  There is a sense of action, better things to come, that is of course a huge part of the Christmas story for followers of Jesus. My favorite line is this:

Chains... [more]

 
 
 
Dec
11

Advent Peace

This last weekend our community lit a candle for advent. This was the second candle to be illuminated. The first signified hope and the second, peace. 

At the event a prayer for peace was also spoken in a non local language.

This was simply to signify that peace is for all of us. For those people we know and for those people don’t. 

Peace is also something that Christmas is all about. After all,... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
14

Advent

In the Christian tradition this is the first week of Advent that culminates with Christmas.  Advent is all about waiting, anticipating, and remembering the birth of Jesus.   In my church, Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar.  I love this!  Advent starts our year, rather than ends it.  Why?  Because Advent sets us up for a healthy rhythm of waiting.

Let’s be honest though.  Waiting is tough….as my kids... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
19

Meet Board Member Janet Labberton

We were so excited to have Janet join our board this past January.  She recently relocated to Southern California where her husband Mark was appointed as the new president of Fuller Seminary.  Check out this video for more on Janet, and her involvement with a local TFC.

 
 
 
Aug
1

Building Peace with Oasis Zimbabwe

I have learned how to sew, but more than that I have learned how to love people.” 

May was a time of great celebration for families and staff as ten girls graduated from the Oasis tailoring course. The following week, we took the girls to Domboshawa, a park close to Harare, to mark the end of their course and to reflect on the past year. It was very powerful for the team... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
24

A Reflection on Summer Skillz

Some of the artwork from our workshops. Thank you for your participation, students!

The final week of Summer Skillz has passed us by.  As a whole, it was great to celebrate the fact that this group of teens have finished their final week of a program comprised of many different organizations (Day One, Lake Avenue Church, to name a couple) circling around them to help them achieve and aspire to something greater... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
16

TANAKA means “We are whole”...

I help oversee Oasis Zimbabwe’s Tanaka Project, which works with girls who previously lived and worked on the streets of Harare. We have had much to celebrate – we were given funding from UNICEF to re-start outreach work on the streets in November, and have so far assisted Social Welfare in reunifying 18 children (boys and girls) with their families, as a result of building relationships with children on the streets.... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
10

The Engaged Community

An engaged community is a powerful dynamic. We often think of Human Traffickers preying on communities where there is economic and/or environmental hardship, but we seldom realize that they also prey on disengaged communities: communities where the local populace do not connect with each other but stay in isolated entities. These individuals have no or very little daily vibrant interactions. It doesn’t have to be this way.

After reintegrating a rescued girl back into... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
7

Freedom Month: Getting Involved

Human Trafficking is a topic appearing again and again in news headlines and social justice topics. Why has it only just become such a big deal when the crime has been growing steadily for years?

The goal at Oasis is to create awareness. An easy way for you to get involved with Human Trafficking is by doing just that! Spread the word: to your churches, schools, city officials, and... [more]

 
 
 
Jun
29

Freedom Month

TraffickFree Communities ...

...have supported local police with FREEDOM BAGS that are given to girls after a rescue.

...are teaching life skills to women who need help and support as they reintegrate back into community life.

...are advocating for victims by lobbying local governments about human trafficking situation in their area.

...have helped implement law enforcement training for local Police departments.

...are teaching teenagers vulnerable to trafficking ways to protect... [more]

 
 
 
Jun
25

Oasis Bangladesh: Focusing on Youth

Their lives are set against a dreary canvas, but the girls of Duaripara nurture vibrantly colorful dreams. It is these dreams for their lives and their growing self-confidence that have shown the way forward…

The Duaripara project was initiated by Oasis Bangladesh in 2004 in order to improve the quality of life of girls and their families within the Duaripara slum community. The girls are especially at risk of commercial and sexual... [more]

 
 
 
Jun
19

Being Better Neighbors

Recently 3 people were arrested in Ohio for trafficking.  If you missed the story, you can read it here.

It is always interesting from our perspective to see what insights are gained from the events and this one is particularly helpful.  At the bottom of the article, the prosecutor makes a statement that basically sums up our TraffickFree Communites (TFCs)- learning to be better neighbors:

"We need your help in these efforts. Law enforcement cannot... [more]

 
 
 
Jun
14

Justice for the Individual

When you work in the human trafficking field, numbers begin to take on a certain significance. 

Some are ones we’ve all heard. 21-27 million – the number of modern day slaves. $32 billion – how much traffickers make a year worldwide, surpassing only the drug trade in the illicit market.

40.4% is the percentage of human trafficking cases from 2008-2010 in which the victim was a sexually exploited child (more here). I hope that one caught... [more]

 
 
 
May
30

Joys & Challenges

TraffickFree Community Joys and Challenges


The communities have grown and we currently have several around the USA with others in the early stages of incubation. Most are reaching out to thier cities and looking for ways to enage and advocate for those at risk.

Some TFC's:-

  • Have supported local police forces with FREEDOM BAGS that are given to girls in the immediate aftermath of a rescue.
  • Have provided volunteers for mentoring... [more]
 
 
 
Apr
30

81 Women & Children Rescued in India

       India Rescue 04/13 girl                 India raid bus view

As you know, Oasis US does not only do anti-trafficking work in the US -  we also help resource the work of Oasis globally.  We just wanted to share an incredible update from Oasis India below:

Just last week... [more]

 
 
 
Apr
2

VOTE 2 Help us Win $100K

We need your help!

Help us win $100K to fight trafficking in LA!

Four quick steps for you to help:
1.  Register to vote HERE
2.  Check your e-mail and click the link to vote
2.  Leave a comment about Oasis
3.  Forward this on to everyone you know - e-mail, Facebook, Twitter - everything helps! 

 
 
 
Mar
26

Hershey Making Steps in the Right Direction

We are part of a coalition that works on Fair Trade chocolate, fighting against trafficking in the chocolate industry.  The coalition has been campaigning hard against Hershey and they have finally made some good steps.  There is still a long way to go, but progress is always good!  Check out the statement here for more information.

 
 
 
Mar
6

It Takes A Community

Check out this fantastic post from Oasis USA Board Member, Stephanie Glenn, entitled:

It takes a community to stop slavery, and also to heal its wounds

 
 
 
Feb
27

We Need Your Voice

Earlier this month the Senate finally passed the TVPRA (Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act) as part of the Violence Against Women Act (S. 47).  Within 48 hours, we expect the House of Representatives to vote on S. 47. If passed, it would go to the President to be signed into law.

But before that vote, the House will consider a Substitute Amendment to S. 47—one that does NOT include the bipartisan TVPRA.... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
18

Heroines helping Heroines

I have been thinking about superheroes quite a bit lately...mostly because I have two small boys who like to dress up and act out their favorite character. A superhero is essentially just someone who rescues the good people and defeats the bad people. Well, and then they also need to have a super power. I spent some time with a heroine recently – no superpowers but by all means classifies under the other... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
12
40 Days for Freedom

40 Days for Freedom

February 13th starts 40 Days for Freedom, a prayer journey to end global trafficking.  We encourage you to use this resource developed by TraffickFree Pomona for daily reflections and prayers on the problem around the world.  As followers of Jesus, we worship a God who loves justice and who will free the enslaved.  God has called us to “seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17).  Oasis USA’s... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
7

Prayer in the fight against trafficking

Prayer is a significant part of a faith based NGO's tool kit to fight trafficking.  Here are some perspectives on that by our former intern, Eric Hall, who spent last fall working with us. 

         As followers of Jesus, Christians are called to help bring heaven where there is hell on this earth.  Some of the ways that Christians are called to fight sex trafficking are the same ways that... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
4
Freedom bags for SoCal Victims

Freedom bags for SoCal Victims

We are so thankful for the work of several local TFCs to gather and distribute freedom bags for local victims.  6 bags were given to men who were victims of labor trafficking this weekend, and 50 others were collected for a county wide raid lead by law enforcement last week.  We are thankful to partner with local service provider agencies who distribute and care for the victims.  We always hear back from the... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
4

36 rescued in Bangalore

On 26th January 2013, a team of 15 staff from Oasis went out on a rescue mission in Bangalore, India. The team was divided into groups of 2 and sent for vigilance across the street around 7:00 pm. As the streets got emptier, it was time for some action. Accompanied by the police, the rescue operation started off at 10:00 pm. It was an effort to get the women and children off the streets and... [more]

 
 
 
Jan
23

Starfish, Spiders and TraffickFree Communities

The starfish and the spider? Strange title for a book, I thought. Especially one about organizational dynamics. But as I studied it I was enthralled with the imagery and how it relates to our TraffickFree Communities. This is not a book review – it’s a great book and well worth the read (details are below) but a brief summary of it is this: it discusses the strengths of decentralized organizations compared to organizations... [more]

 
 
 
Jan
15

Get to Know our TraffickFree COMMUNITIES

Join or start a TraffickFree COMMUNITY in your area - e-mail us to get started

 
 
 
Dec
22

The Christmas Abolitionist

Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother (& sister).
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

The words to 'Oh Holy Night' were written by a French poet in 1847 as he meditated on the Christmas story in the book of Luke in the Bible. He decided it should be put to music, and asked a friend to help make this happen. The literal translation from the French goes... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
15

$500 Funds a Raid that can Rescue 5 Girls

 
 
 
Nov
12

10 Girls Rescued in India

We just learned that yesterday a team from Oasis India launched a raid that rescued 10 girls who were being trafficked to work in a factory through a railway station in South India. 11 traffickers were arrested. This was a highly risky raid as the girls being trafficked were from a tribal area of India where the police have no access due to local terrorist activities. Thankfully all are safe.  Please pray that... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
1

'Life is a journey'

Recently I was in Zimbabwe visiting the Oasis staff there, and spending a couple of days checking out their incredible work.  I had so many rich experiences getting to know their board members, staff, volunteers and program participants. 

One of the highlights of the trips was meeting a 20-year young lady who is a graduate of their Tanaka Program.  This program provides housing for former street girls, and provides them with education,... [more]

 
 
 
Oct
30

Hershey making positive changes

The Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign (www.raisethebarhershey.org) welcomed today’s announcement from the Hershey Co. (HSY) that it will be certifying 100 percent of its cocoa by 2020 and urged the chocolate giant to go 100 percent Fair Trade with incremental benchmarks.  Hershey appeared to join its main rival Mars in announcing its target for certification with a 2020 deadline.  Many other smaller chocolate companies are already 100 percent certified, a number of... [more]

 
 
 
Oct
24

Fuller Seminary students win $30,000 for Oasis!

Check out this link detailing the incredible work of 3 students who chose to play the American Bible Challenge gameshow for Oasis and came in 2nd overall for the whole season!  More info >>

 
 
 
Oct
23

Anita from Oasis India visits

Read this fantastic press release from Fuller Seminary, highlighting Anita's visit to the Pasadena campus recently:

Oasis India’s Anita Kanaiya Tells of Rescue of 300 Children

Fuller students invited to join in anti-trafficking efforts :: 10/19/12
anita_kanaiya
Anita Kanaiya, co-director of Oasis India

Gasps and murmurs could be heard in Travis Auditorium on Thursday, October 18 while Anita Kanaiya, co-director of Oasis India, wove a tale of... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
27

Fighting Trafficking on a Game Show?

People connected with Oasis attempt some interesting activities to raise money to help in the fight against Human Trafficking. Drew Vinson, Mathew Blanton & Sam Altis are prime examples of this creativity. On the September 27th they competed on the American Bible Challenge game show and won their heat.

On Oct 11th they are again competing, this time in the Semi Final, and are hoping to continue... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
20

Empowering children

So I don’t know if you knew this but this world is full of problems. Just turn on the news if you don’t believe me. Local, national, or international, you are gonna be hit with a whole lot of problems. And we are always trying to find solutions to these problems, are we not? The amount of money and research that goes into finding cures for a wide number of illnesses is astounding.... [more]

 
 
 
Aug
27

Oasis is for community

Oasis is for community:

What does this mean?

Today, in a world where we can buy a pair of shoes and someone will donate a pair of shoes, or we can buy a bottle of water and a company will distribute a bottle of water…..At Oasis, we intimately journey in the community adventure of the people that need the shoes and water.

It may be that... [more]

 
 
 
Aug
23

Californians - Vote Yes on 35

Help reach one million strong against human trafficking and show your support for Proposition 35 - add your voice today at caseact.org/

 
 
 
May
31

Partnership with USAID = Youth Photographers in Kyrgyzstan

In Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, Oasis are helping over 100 young boys and girls get the opportunity to express themselves through photography. With the help of the USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, these kids are getting the opportunity to partake in weekly photography classes and friendly competitions with a variety of different themes. If you want to learn more about what is happening with these young people, or if you want a link to their... [more]

 
 
 
Apr
28

Redeeming a legacy of apartheid

When, in the early 1990’s, the shackles of apartheid fell in South Africa, the world was encompassed by cheers. But now, years later, the battle of equality still continues. Oasis South Africa is on the ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, working within the South African townships so that they can be change positive agents in their communities. But rent issues, relocation issues, etc. seem to come up and attempt to stop the work... [more]

 
 
 
Mar
22

Restoration for a girl in India

Meet Manila (her name has been changed for safety reasons). Manila has been tricked and abused, lied to by friends, forced into prostitution, locked away and neglected. Despite all of this, she was able to escape and find her way to the Drop-In Center of Oasis India, where she was able to get the love and care that she deserved. To read the full story of Manila and to find out how it... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
20

Oasis India - February Update


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... [more]

 
 
 
Feb
18

Run for Freedom

Join in the Aruna 5K Run for Their Freedom. The proceeds of the race go to help fund the Aruna Project, whose primary purpose is to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of those enslaved.

Located in one of the largest red light districts in all of Asia—a two square mile area that holds over 25,000 captive for Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), the staff of the project are well acquainted... [more]

 
 
 
Nov
12

Oasis Uganda Adventure

A Day in My Life Here.
It was suggested to me during one of my Skype calls with my parents (Oasis USA staff Kevin and Linsay Potter) that I give a brief run-through of what an ordinary day here looks like. I thought this was a rather good idea so I decided to do just that. What follows is a timeline of my Monday’s here. (Along with Wednesday, Monday is my... [more]

 
 
 
Oct
18

Rita Rescued from Brothel in India

Rita is a four-year-old girl who was recently rescued from a brothel in Mumbai. The owner of the brothel was planning to sell her into prostitution.

In a brothel in Mumbai lives a four-year-old girl named Rita.  With her mother dead and her father in prison, she had no choice but to stay with the brothel owner, whom she sees as a grandmother.  However, the bond is not mutual.  To the owner, Rita... [more]

 
 
 
Oct
15

Anti-Trafficking Work in South Africa

We invited the commercial sex workers of all the surrounding taverns, whom we already had relationships with, to join us in training to recognize human trafficking.  This way they’ll be able to look for the signs while they’re working in the taverns and know how to act. 

As the training went on however, we realized that most of the girls had already encountered trafficking themselves at some point.  They simply never had the terminology to... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
17

Anti-Trafficking Edcuation in Bangladesh

This month, Oasis Bangladesh teamed up with Winrock International, a non-profit doing good all over the world, to build up staff capacity and share anti-trafficking education materials in Bangladesh.  Winrock organized a two-day workshop on Human Trafficking and Legal Framework which was held at Hotel Rigs Inn in Dhaka. In the workshop, 14 participants from 10 organizations attended, coming from the North Bengal and Dhaka Networks. The workshop consisted of discussion, role playing, videos... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
9

Update from Oasis Uganda Staff

If you work with Oasis the jobs can be varied:-

Dave tells us that "Josh is currently helping put the manure on the crops at the Beersheba community, although he will soon be going to work on "The football" project. This project involves using material from Tackle Africa and teaches HIV/AIDS education through the medium of football. 

The material uses various football drills with teaching points attached and it's worked well with... [more]

 
 
 
Sep
1

Global Work of Oasis

This Oasis film highlights the need for us all to engage together in fighting human trafficking. It also shows the action that we can be part of and partner with in helping eradicate human trafficking.  JOIN our 13 campaign and help make a difference in individual lives and in local and global communities.

 
 
 
Aug
1

Belgium Staff Campaigns for Fair Trade Chocolate

From Brussels comes some of the world’s finest chocolate.  Most people could never imagine that something so sweet could hold a truth so awful. The cocoa trade has long been plagued with slavery and child labor, and abolitionists in Europe are drawing a line and saying, “No more”.  To raise awareness of the miserable conditions endured by the workers, 15 Belgian and British students gathered with representatives of Oasis, Stop The Traffik and... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
31

Update from Bangladesh

Oasis’ Concern:  It is absolutely necessary to bring these girls out of the dangerous slums, and into mainstream society.  In 2005 we started the Duaripara Family Development Project to do just that.  The goal was to help the girls in, “developing their potential, pursuing their dreams and having the hope of a better future.”  Accomplishing these goals means providing education for the girls so they might have a secure job with fair wages,... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
30

Helping Homeless Children in Kyrgyzstan

 Renat and Rasul, of Oasis’ House Kairat, are finishing up their first year of technical school, passing their finals exams with an overall grade B.  Things are hopeful for these two, as it looks like they will soon be getting some practical experience and a chance to work with a well-known contracting company.  

Rasul’s 11 year old cousin, Asel, was not in as good a situation.  After growing up with an alcoholic aunt and... [more]

 
 
 
Jul
15

Slavery in Plain Sight

Thousands of modern slaves live in plain sight in the U.S. without ever being noticed. Paul Lange describes how it happens and the red flags we can look for.

 
 
 
Jun
30

Thoughts from Oasis India

A young boy on the street struggling to find food, a rag picker's child waking up at 2:30 am going from one garbage bin to the next picking up scrap to feed the drunken frenzy of his father, a young mother trying to eke out a living so her new born daughter could live a life unlike hers, the fear in the eyes of a young woman being rescued from the brothel and the hopes... [more]

 
 
 
Jun
20

Ugandan update

Kampala news

We began the month of May on a very exciting note with the holiday programme/ clubs running from 2nd -13th at Oasis Community House of Hope where the Kawempe Community Development Programme (KCDP) operates. Most of this time was devoted to supporting girls in their school work, delivering interactive trainings in Life skills and health issues alongside the usual activities like devotions and games.  We had... [more]