The Oasis Story so far...
We have been pioneering life-transforming housing, healthcare, education and community initiatives across the globe for nearly 30 years.
We want to see a just and inclusive world, in which everyone (and we mean everyone) has an equal opportunity to reach their potential. We're motivated by our Christian faith to serve people and transform communities by promoting inclusion and confronting injustice.
Oasis was started by Steve Chalke in 1985 to support the launch of a hostel for homeless people in South London. The homeless hostel became known as No.3 and is still providing care and support for people today.
Today Oasis operates in over 50 communities around the world and is one of the UK’s leading Academy sponsors.
A trip down memory lane...
1985 - Oasis is launched by Steve Chalke.
1986 - Frontline, Oasis' first gap year programme launched with six young people who work alongside local churches. The next year there were 21 and by 1989 there were some 57 young people serving in churches across the country.
1989 - ‘Christmas Cracker’ launched to raise funds for aid and development projects around the world. The campaign inspired thousands of young people to engage with issues around the world. ‘Christmas Cracker’ ran for eight years and raised more than £4 million for some of the world's poorest communities.
1990 - Oasis opened No.3, a hostel providing support for homeless girls in London. Street teams visited homeless communities in London including Cardboard City in Waterloo. A bus was soon acquired to act as a mobile base.
1991 - The Youth Ministry Course and Global Action Teams were introduced.
1993 - The Elizabeth Baxter Hostel, opposite London's Imperial War Museum, opened to provide further support for London's homeless population.
1994 - Oasis India was established. Working with communities in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. ‘Jacob's Well’, a project based in Bangalore, trained women in clothes design and manufacturing soon followed. Jacob's Well has since developed links with Oasis Uganda.
1997 - Purnata Bhavan, opened a short distance from Mumbai, India, providing care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
1998 - Oasis began work in Harare, Zimbabwe, running a number of education programmes for both children and adults.
1999 - Oasis launched Parentalk, a project that provided support to parents in the UK. More than 17 parenting books and many other resources were produced.
2000 - Oasis opened The Foyer after challenging young people to fundraise to open the new hostel.
2001 - Oasis began work in Kampala, Uganda, running many programmes across the city.
Oasis USA was launched in Los Angeles to help combat human trafficking.
Faithworks, a project aimed at equipping and inspiring the Church in the UK was launched.
2002 - Oasis began work in Beira, Mozambique, providing a variety of projects including clean water programmes, a school and adult training.
2003 - Oasis began work in Bangladesh with a mechanical training centre supporting people from Dhaka, one of Bangladesh's poorest communities.
Oasis moved its base to Waterloo to develop the 'Hub Model', providing holistic support and services to the local community.
2005 - Oasis launched ‘Stop the Traffik’, a major coalition of over 200 charities dedicated to ending human trafficking.
2006 - Oasis South Africa was launched and began work in Cosmo City on the outskirts of Johannesburg, providing a breadth of services to the local community.
2007 - Oasis Community Learning opened three Academies in the UK: one in London and two in Grimsby.
Oasis Kyrgyzstan was launched, working with street children and combatting human trafficking.
2008 - Oasis opens six more Academies in Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Croydon.
2009 - Two more schools join the Oasis family, a second in London and a second also in Croydon.
Oasis launches Charities Parliament, now People's Parliament, to help engage charities and with central government just across the river.
2010 - Oasis opens a second Academy in Manchester taking the total number of Academies to twelve.
2011 - Steve Chalke breaks the Guinness world record, raising £2.3 million for Oasis.
Primary schools in London and Manchester join the growing family of Academies.
2012 - Oasis submitted plans to redevelop their central base in Waterloo to become a much needed secondary school.
2013 - Oasis opened a secondary Academy in the heart of Central London, providing high quality education for the local community.
2014 - Oasis launched Oasis Community Engagement to provide support to the ‘Hub Model’, ensuring each Academy is able to serve their local community’s needs.
Oasis Housing Projects merged with Aquila Way to become Oasis Aquila Housing, providing supported housing for nearly 100 vulnerable young people and adults.