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Oasis Misaal Project: An Initiative to Discover and Prepare Leaders of Tomorrow

India is the largest democracy in the world, with a population of more than 132 crores. India has more than 50% population below 25 years and more than 65% below the age of 35. India produces some of the best experts in the world. 

However, the irony is that India ranks highest when it comes to broad issues like corruption, unemployment, pollution, poverty, depression, etc. We blame politicians, bureaucrats, systems, people and everything there’s. However, if we truly introspect, only we are responsible for these problems — one way or the other.

Take corruption, for example. Is it possible to have these problems unless educated people are not a party to this? Aren’t those people who are at the helm of affairs, who have power and position the ones who actively instigate and participate in this problem? There has to be something seriously wrong in our education system wherein we can produce experts in various fields but not good hearts to deal with issues of life, society and the country.

After the rich experience of 31 years of working with youth and children, we have learned that if given an opportunity and guided well, children and youth can resolve their problems and have the heart and mind both to contribute towards society. All they need is an opportunity. Inculcating the right values in the next generations is the only way out.

Oasis Misaal Project

At Oasis Movement, we have launched a first-of-its-kind project to spot, inspire, prepare, guide and support teenagers, youths, teachers and citizens who wish to bring about a positive cultural change in the society and country at large, is the change themselves first.

And we don’t wish to identify one, two or 10 leaders; we want to identify thousands of them. We have a vast faith in today’s generation; the only thing that was lacking in society is identifying them and nurturing them. If we’re successful in doing that, the next generation will witness a better India, a better world.

Misaal 2018 and 2019 in Gujarat, Bengaluru and J&K

The first phase of the Oasis Misaal project was launched in June of 2018. We’re delighted and proud to tell you that the project received magnificent success in 2018 and 2019. Around 9000 teens and youths participated in the project. And it should be a proud number for any Indian that we discovered over 900 Missals. We believe that our country has an ample amount of such teens and youths; the only thing missing is identifying and nurturing them. Once we do it, the world will surely be a better place.

Misaal: A competition but not a Competition

In a way, Misaal is a competition, and another way it’s not. Here’s why:

  • Hundreds of winners, not just a handful of few.
  • A competition where you help others rather than pulling them down.
  • Where not the brightest but the most passionate win.
  • Prizes that help you for your lifetime.

Four staged Process

Misaal is a four-staged competition with the stages mentioned below:

  1. Essay Round: Write an essay on a social issue out of 5 topics given to you.
  2. Group Dialogue: Where you not only try to prove your point but try to learn from others also.
  3. Project Work: Where you take action on your essay topic.
  4. Leadership Development Program: 15-days leadership development program at Oasis Valleys, Gujarat.

What will the winners Get?

The winners who manage to pass through these three stages will be awarded Oasis’ Greatness and Leadership Development — the best leadership course in the country along with Mind-Body Performance Training and Advanced Trekking Leadership Program — all worth more than ₹1 lakh+ per child. Plus, they get the opportunity to be social entrepreneurs under our Misaal Social Leadership Development Program (MSLDP) on a Serve-Learn-Earn basis. 

They will be provided with all the help, guidance and opportunity to build the land of their dreams.

How to Participate?

Any youth or teen aged between 14–25 is eligible to participate in the Misaal competition. All you need to do is to download the Oasis Misaal Android app and start your Misaal journey.

Click here to Download the Oasis Misaal App and Participate.

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
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