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About Chandrapur District

Pipari is a village in Chandrapur Taluka, Chandrapur District of Maharashtra State, India. It belongs to the Vidarbh region. It is located 2 kilometers west from district headquarters Chandrapur and 799 kilometers from State Capital, Mumbai. Pipari is spread over 780 hectares of land and houses more than 242 families, mostly from the Scheduled and Other Backward Castes (SCs and OBCs are among India’s most disadvantaged communities).

The village has four private schools in its vicinity. It also has a Primary Healthcare Centre, or a free government clinic. Most families live in all-weather, pucca houses, but a sizeable chunk still live in kuchha houses (mud-and-daub structures). The villagers are involved in agricultural activities to earn their living.

Programme Inputs

10-year-old Vaishnavi started coming for Magic Bus sessions since 2011.

She was a regular to the sessions but would come in dirty attire. She would not take a bath for days, cut her nails, or comb her hair. Since both her parents worked as agricultural labourers, they found little time to pay attention to cleanliness and hygiene of the young girl.

The youth mentor decided to speak to Vaishnavi through some fun activity. Bach ke nikal (Save yourself) is a game on how the participants can dodge the ball which stands for illness. During the sit-breathe-think exercise at the end of the exercise, the youth mentor discussed the different ways by which one can avoid diseases and remain healthy. It was here that she mentioned the importance of cleanliness.

In the next day, to the surprise of everyone, Viashavi came wearing clean clothes with neat and tidied hair and nails. She never went back to her older self after this.

Faces of change

Magic Bus sessions here are conducted weekly and are divided into three 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