Mangampet village of Gandweed Mandal in the Ranga Reddy district in Andhra Pradesh houses around 450 families. Each family unit on average comprises of 4-5 members. Agriculture of rice and maize is their primary occupation. Men and women together earn for the family, but children are also engaged in some sort of income-generating activity. While women usually earn Rs.120 per day, men earn around INR 150 for a day’s labour. The average family income in the village amounts to INR 5,000 a month.
The village mostly identifies with the ethnic groups of Mudiraaj and Golla, while others belong to the Scheduled Caste community of Maala and Maadiga. These communities are counted among some of India’s most socio-economically deprived communities.
The sanitation and hygiene conditions are inadequate in the village and, more importantly, it lacks access to proper drinking water. More than half of the families do not have a toilet facility at their dwelling. Houses are built mostly of semi-pucca and pucca. There is an absence of a primary health centre in the village, with the nearest one being 16 kms away.
There is only one government school in the entire village. Transportation facilities are poor between Mangampet and the nearest town Parigi, which is 40 kms away. This makes the community rather isolated.
Magic Bus operations started in October 2011 in Mangampet with the participation of 30 children under our Youth Mentor (YM) V. Narsimhulu. The local volunteer Community Youth Leader (CYL) is enthusiastic about encouraging the children to participate in sporting activities. The Panchayat is grateful to Magic Bus for making the children realise the joy of playing.
The children say, “Our parents never allowed us to play games daily. Now, we play regularly because of Magic Bus. They have explained their programmes and they have convinced all our parents. My parents now recognise the importance of sports.”
Magic Bus operations have led to a positive change in the communities in Mangampet. Some of these include:
A typical Magic Bus session lasts for two hours and is divided into three parts: