Belgaon, in Bhadravati Block, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, is a small village with around 225 households, each with 4-5 members. The people we work with in Belgaon are mostly from the Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
Most residents are daily wage labourers.
The village has a primary and a secondary school; there is a primary health centre and the villagers have access to clean drinking water.
Magic Bus initiated its sport for development sessions in this community started on July 28, 2011.The first sessions were conducted with 25 children.
The local Panchayat and village men have been very supportive of the sessions, and the programme as a whole. They help and enable the sessions, games and tournaments and community meetings.
Ankit is 12 years old and studies in the 6th standard.His parents are farmers. Ankit belongs to one of the poorest families in Belgaon - a family of four lives on an income of less than Rs. 5000. Ankit has an elder brother who is 17 years old and studies in the 12th standard.
Four years ago when Ankit joined Magic Bus, he didn't want to participate in sports.In fact, he didn't know what it was like to play. Poverty steals away childhoods in more ways than one.
After a few sessions, Ankit developed a liking for football.We started honing his skills as a footballer. Ankit shows a lot of promise as a sportsperson.
"One great thing that Magic Bus has added to my life is focus and discipline", says Ankit.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
A typical weekly Magic Bus session at Belgaon goes on for 2 hours and is divided into 3 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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