With a population of 9,477, Balaji Complex is located in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. 58 percent of the 2122 households in this area fall below the poverty line. Residents belong to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community, Vysya. Telugu is the predominant language.
Residents usually work as daily wage workers in construction sites surrounding the community. A few of them also work as auto drivers.
The nearest primary health centre and hospital is at a distance of 2kms from the community. The nearest school and college are at a distance of 2 and 3kms respectively.
Magic Bus has been working in this community since 2014. One of the key challenges facing our intervention here is related to the nature of livelihoods available to the adult members in the community. It is often difficult to get them to participate in community events because of their longer working hours. Motivating them to be a part of the parents’ meeting so that they are in the ambit of changes taking place in the lives of children is a critical part of Magic Bus’ future work plans in this community.
There are 60 children in the Magic Bus programme in this community.
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 twice every week on Saturdays between 4.00 and 5.30pm and on Sundays 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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.