Govindhapalli in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is home to 7129 people and 1829 households.
Most of its residents belong to the Scheduled Caste group, Mala. They speak Telugu and most of them are Hindus. 95 percent of the 1829 households in this area fall below the poverty line.
The predominant livelihood option in this area is around agriculture and agricultural labour.
Govindhapalli is located at a distance of 5kms from a primary health centre. A school and a college are located in the vicinity, as well.
Since Magic Bus began its programme in this area in 2011, one of the toughest challenges facing the programme in this community is rooted in deep-rooted beliefs about the participation of girls in areas outside the household. Getting girls to participate in the Magic Bus mixed-gender sessions have often proved challenging. However, the team has been working relentlessly with the community at large to break such stereotypes.
At present, there are 196 children in the programme here.
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 Sundays between 9.30 and 11.30am.
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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