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Hanuman Nagar

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Magic Bus Overview

Magic Bus works with some of the world’s poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. We equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty.

Children on the Magic Bus Programme complete school, and go on to enroll in vocational institutes or colleges. They successfully fend off destabilizers such as child marriage and child labour and become first-generation salary earners. Our participants complete their education and have secure careers.

The below report is a representative of the impact in the Magic Bus Programme in Chandrapur, where the communities are located.

About Chandrapur District

With a population of 1440, Hanuman Nagar is a community located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India.

Most of the houses in the area are kuchcha ones.15 per cent of the households have a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card. Residents are mostly from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The major problems identified in this community is regarding the complete lack of toilets and widespread alcoholism.

Magic Bus began working in this community in 2011. At present, we are transforming the lives of 99 children in this locality.

Programme Inputs

14-year-old Rohit studies in the eighth standard of a local government school. Both his parents are daily wage labourers with an income lesser than 3000 INR. Rohit's older sibling is 18 years old and is in the second year of college.

Rohit began attending Magic Bus sessions since 2011. At the time, he was quarrelsome and would pick up fights with other children. His aggressive behaviour caused disruptions during the sessions.

But, slowly, by learning to play alongside others and learning to cooperate, Rohit finally got the better of his temper.

Today he has a big group of friends. He is loved among all for his amiable nature.

Impact

 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

Faces of change

Magic Bus sport-for-development sessions are held on Fridays every week between 4.00 and 6.00pm. The sessions are structured in the following way:

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