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.
Mohbala is home to 680 people living in 188 households. The predominant language is Marathi.
Residents are mostly farmers or agricultural workers. The most pressing issues in the community are regarding the lack of toilets and alcoholism.
Magic Bus began its interventions in this community in 2011. Currently, we are impacting 52 children in this area.
13-year-old Prerna studies in the seventh standard. She belongs to a family of four. Both her parents are agricultural labourers with a monthly income of less than 4000 INR. She has an elder sibling who studies in the ninth standard.
Prerna started coming for Magic Bus' sessions in the very first year of us initiating our programme in Mohbala. But, she appeared guarded in her interaction with others. When asked why she would resist speaking with others, she shared that she was afraid of doing so.
Prerna, like many other girls coming to our programme, was unknown to the feeling of making friends with a large group of people which also included boys of her age.
Gradually, our Community Youth Leader started involving her in games and interactions. She was particular to encourage Prerna to respond to queries and get others to hear her out. Slowly, her fear subsided and she started interacting with other children.
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.)