Rasoolpeta in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh has a population of 1645. There are 100 households in this area with an average household size of 8-10 persons per household. Residents speak Telugu and are mostly Hindus. They belong to the Golla caste which is listed as an Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the area.
Agriculture is the chief source of livelihood. As far as accessibility to health-related infrastructure is concerned, Rasoolpeta is located at a distance of 3.5kms from the primary health centre and 5kms away from the hospital. There is a school in the village’s vicinity while the college is at a distance of 5kms at Panyam.
When Magic Bus began working in this community in 2011, there were some serious disagreements among two different groups with divergent political affiliations. It was difficult to bring both the groups together. Our team conducted awareness meetings on the importance of unity within the community. At present, this still poses a challenge to our work in the community.
In spite of the challenges there are 60 children who are associated with the Magic Bus programme in this area.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
• Importance of personal and environmental hygiene
• Equal treatment of boys and girls
• Importance of education
• Respect for elders
Sessions are held every week on Sundays between 9.00 to 11.30am.
Magic Bus Sessions here are divided into three broad 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.
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