Allinagaram village is situated in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Its population is 1110 distributed across 280 households. Residents mostly belong to the Boya social group which is enlisted under Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in India.
Almost all the households lie below the poverty line. The predominant source of livelihood is agriculture.
The distance to the nearest primary health centre and hospital is 12kms. The nearest college is equally distant. A school lies in the vicinity of this village.
Magic Bus has been working in this community since 2011. 90 children are a part of the Magic Bus programme which uses a mentoring approach to take a child through education to livelihood. 35 out of 90 children are girls.
A pressing challenge faced by our staff in this programmatic area has been the low participation of parents in the meetings arranged for them. This is mainly ascribed to the fact that most of them are farmers, and have to be out in the field for long hours. The team has been conducting community awareness around the importance of such meetings in order to overcome this challenge.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
• Importance of personal and environmental hygiene
• Equal treatment of boys and girls
• Importance of education
• Respect for elders
Sessions are held once every week on Saturdays between 3.30 and 5.00pm.
Magic Bus Sessions here are divided into three broad parts:
• Warm up: The development goal is introduced using interactive activities
• Main activity: The development goal is reinforced using sports and activities
• Review: A discussion is facilitated to draw parallels to real-life situations and sum up the learning objectives.
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