With a population of 1292, M.V Nagar is a slum cluster in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Most of the households in this locality are cement-and-brick structures or what is known as pucca houses in India. Inhabitants primarily belong to a single social group, Malas, who are enlisted as a Scheduled Caste group in Andhra Pradesh. Telugu is the main spoken language. Almost 98 percent of the households here fall below the poverty line.
Agriculture is the only source of livelihood for people living in this community. It is well-connected to a primary health centre and hospital. A school and college also lie in the vicinity.
Magic Bus started operating in this area in 2011. Child labour has been one of the biggest problems in this area. Due to lack of adequate livelihood options throughout the year, children are often employed to supplement the family income. We have been focussing on overcoming this tendency in the community through our activity-based sessions.
We have 46 children attending our sessions at M.V Nagar.
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
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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.