Manora, a village of about 900 households in the Ballarpur block of Chandrapur in Maharashtra, is 27 km from the nearest town.
Manora village lacks in proper roads and infrastructure. Most residents live in brick homes or cottages, but there are also a few families that live in shacks made from leaves and twigs.
Residents of Manora belong to disadvantaged communities such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Nomadic Tribes. Those who don’t own land work as daily-wage labourers in neighbouring fields.
There is a Marathi-medium primary school and a secondary school that caters to children up to Std 10. The village has a Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for basic healthcare, but they still have to travel to larger cities in emergencies.
The main issue faced by the community is the lack of water. There are wells, but even these dry up in the summer. Magic Bus approached the community, and with permission from the Sarpanch, conducted a demo session. Members of the community were invited to participate so they could understand how the Magic Bus programme works.
Magic Bus' Sport for Development sessions in Manora started in February 2011 with 78 children including 39 girls and 39 boys.
Harshal is 11 years old and reads in the 5th standard. His parents run a small makeshift shop whose income falls short of Rs. 3000 per month. Harshal's elder brother studies in the 7th standard.
Harshal started coming for the Magic Bus sessions in 2011. He was only 8 years old. Over the last four years that he had been with us, Harshal has gained the confidence to speak in public. He has also started going to school regularly. He takes a lively interest in the lessons now and his teachers appreciate the change that has come over him after joining Magic Bus.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Sessions at Manora are held every Friday from 4pm to 6pm and are divided into three parts:
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