Chorgaon, village in the Chandrapur Taluka, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India is a tiny rural settlement with just 225 households. It belongs to the Vidarbh region, made infamous is the past decade by the high number of farmer suicides. The district head quarters, Chandrapur, is just 2 kilometres east. The State Capital, Mumbai, is 799 kilometres away.
Chorgaon has a total population of 862 – 428 male and 434 female. The village has a Zila Parishad Upper Primary School. About 110 households live in concrete, pucca houses. A handful of them live in thatched houses made of mud-and-daub.
The major occupation of the people at Chorgaon is farming and allied work. Those who have the advantage of an education work as teachers and office bearers in the nearby cities.
Sita joined Magic Bus when she was just 14 years old.
Despite her enthusiasm for sports, during the initial days no one wanted to play along with her or have her as a part of their team. Sita's left leg is slightly short which slows her running pace.Her teammates thought that Sita was not 'fit enough' for any sport.
The attitude towards Sita's participation changed slowly. Our Youth Mentor, Nikita, was behind this change. She took sessions on inclusiveness and the virtues of respecting differences. Gradually, Sita found a space to participate actively.
As days passed by, Nikita noticed that whenever the Community Youth Leader would be late in coming for the sessions, Sita would take the initiative, gather the children, and organise a session. Her peers followed her closely. It is indeed heartnesing to see such a change in Sita and in the attitude of other children towards persons with disabilities.
Sita wants to be a teacher. Her parents are farmers struggling to make ends meet. Sita wants to study further and help relieve her family from crushing poverty.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Magic Bus sessions here are conducted weekly and are divided into three 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