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The Oasis Story

We have been pioneering life-transforming housing, healthcare, education and youth work initiatives across the globe for over twenty years.
We want to see a just and inclusive world, in which everyone (and we mean everyone) has equal opportunity to reach his or her 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 35 communities around the world and is one of the UK leading Academy sponsors.

A trip down memory lane...

1985 - Oasis is launched by Steve Chalke

1986 - Frontline, Oasis's first gap year programme launches with six young people who partner and volunteer with churches. The next year there are 21 and by 1989 there are some 57 young people serving as volunteers in churches across the country.

1989 - Christmas Cracker is launched to raise funds for aid and development projects around the world. Christmas Cracker inspires thousands of young people to engaged with issues around the world. Christmas Cracker would run for eight years and raise more than £4,000,000 for some of the world's poorest communities.

1990 - Oasis opens No.3, a hostel providing support for some of London's homeless people.

Street teams visit homeless communities in London including Cardboard City in Waterloo. A bus is soon acquired to act as a mobile base.

1991 - The Youth Ministry Course and Frontline Teams Abroad are introduced.

1993 - The Elizabeth Baxter Hostel, opposite London's Imperial War Museum, opens to provide further support for London's homeless population.

1994 - Oasis India is established. Oasis now works in three cities across India: Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Jacob's Well, a project based in Bangalore, that trains women in clothes design and manufacturing soon follows. Jacob's Well has since developed links with Oasis Uganda.

1995 - No.24 opens in Streatham offering similar support to it's twin, No.3

1997 - Purnata Bhavan, is opened a short distance from Mumbai, India, providing care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

1998 - Oasis begins work in Harare, Zimbabwe, where we run a number of education programmes for both children and adults.

Oasis formalises it's partnership with ABIAH, a project based in São Jose dos Campos, a town close to São Paulo, that had been receiving funds raised through the Christmas Cracker programme.

Oasis' first International Council meets with representatives from Brazil, India and the UK.

1999 - Oasis launch Parentalk, a project that provided support to parents in the UK. More than17 parenting books and many other resources are produced.

1999 - Oasis challenges local young people to raise funds required to open a youth hostel in Croydon. 'The Foyer' opens in 2000

2001 - Oasis begins work in Kampala, Uganda. We now have several offices and programmes across the county.

Oasis US is launched in Los Angeles to help combat human trafficking.

Faithworks, a project aimed at equipping and inspiring the Church in the UK is launched. Faithworks has since held an audience with Prime Ministers, countless MPs and Christian leaders from around the world.

2002 - Oasis begins work in Beira, Mozambique. Oasis runs a variety of projects including clean water programmes, a school and adult training.

2003 - Oasis begins work in Bangladesh with a mechanical training centre supporting people from Dhaka, one of Bangladesh's poorest communities.

Oasis moves its base to Waterloo where we develop our 'Hub' strategy, providing holistic support and services to the local community. Oasis now runs a primary school, recording studios and countless community projects in the local area. There have since developed several other hubs around the country.

2005 - Oasis launches Stop the Traffik, now a major coalition of over 200 charities dedicated to ending human trafficking. Stop the Traffik have enjoyed some major successes including influencing Cadburys, Mars and Nestle's approach to fairly traded cocoa.

2006 - Oasis South Africa is launched and begins work in Cosmo City on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Oasis South Africa has since grown rapidly and provides a breadth of services to the local community.

2007 - Oasis Community Learning opens three academies in the UK: one in London and two in Grimsby.

Oasis Kyrgyzstan is launched working with street children and combatting human trafficking..

2008 - Oasis opens six more academies in Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Croydon. Today Oasis is one of the countries largest academy sponsors.

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 - Primary schools in London and Manchester join the growing family of academies. Oasis Academy Johanna joins the central hub in Waterloo.

2012 - Oasis submit plans to redevelop their central base in Waterloo.