Rangapur in Manchal Mandal, in the Ranga Reddy District within the state of Andhra Pradesh, is a village with 200 families with each family comprising of 4-5 members on average. The community is primarily involved in the agriculture of mostly cotton and maize. Entire families, including children, participate in agricultural and related labor. Despite a government ruling that set the minimum wage at INR 120 a day, women in this community typically earn only INR 100 per day on average while men earn INR 150 per day. They also get work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for INR 120 per day.
The village community in Rangapur are comprised mostly of those who fall into the government category of "Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Classes". Some of the prominent ones include Maadiga and Maala (SC), Mudhiraj, Gouds, Barbers and Rajakars (BC) and Reddy, Vysia and Balija (OC) and Muslims.
The sanitation conditions in the village are extremely inadequate. Very few houses (mostly made of pucca and semi-pucca) have access to a toilet and the drainage system is virtually non-existent. The drinking water is supplied by Panchayat bore wells and tankers. The primary health centre is 9 kilometres away from the village. An Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM – the Government nurse) visits the village once in a week. Rangapur has one government upper primary school and the nearest town to Rangapur village is Parigi, which is 10 kms away. Auto rickshaws are the primary means for transportation.
The common problems of the village are mostly educational and hygiene-related. The number of drop-outs and those who attend school irregularly in the village were high prior to the Magic Bus intervention.
Magic Bus operations started in December 2011 in Rangapur with 30 children and the Youth Mentor Mr. G. Srinivas who persuaded the villagers and the Panchayat members to become supporters of the work.
Off the training field, we supplement our activities by working with the communities our children come from. Besides regular meetings with children and parents, we hold rallies, cleanliness drives and community-wide sporting events aimed at empowering and strengthening these communities.
“People are more cooperative and they are interested in sending their children to Magic Bus sessions now,” says the local Youth Mentor, G. Srinivas.
Magic Bus operations have led to a positive change in the communities in Rangapur. Some of these have been reflected in the form of:
A typical Magic Bus session in Rangapur lasts for 2 hours and is 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