With a population of 446, Kansa is small settlement located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
More than half of the population belong to the Other Backward Classes (OBcs).
Residents are either farmers or employed as daily wage workers.
This settlement is inadequately connected to healthcare services and educational institutions. Apart from the school which is located within the fringes of the community, the college is almost 13kms away. The nearest Primary Health Centre (PHC) is at a distance of 6kms while the only hospital is about 15kms away. The distance to healthcare services sometimes works to dissuade residents from availing of a doctor's intervention.
Magic Bus has been working with 46 children of this community since 2014.
Sumit started coming for the Magic Bus sessions last year. He was 10 years old then.
Sumit was hesitant to play alongside girls. He was taken aback when he was asked to hold hands with a girl and form a circle.
"I was shy. Before that, I had never so much as talked with any girl from my locality", he says.
But, things started changing during the ice-breakers. It was no less fun playing alongside girls. They were equally competent. In fact Sumit found that they were sharper than he thought of them.
"Since childhood I have always seen women in my life carrying out certain roles like making food. I thought they are only good at that. But, Magic Bus' sessions proved me wrong. I don't think there is anything that girls cannot do if they want to", says Sumit firmly.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Sessions are 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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.