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Magic Bus Overview

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.

About Chandrapur District

Sayvan is home to 450 people. Predominantly farmers, residents of Sayvan speak the Marathi language.

Magic Bus has been working in Sayvan since the year 2010 on some of the most pressing problems of this community - droputs among children and lack of awareness about healthy practices. At present, there are 56 children in our programme.

Programme Inputs

Rina lives in Sayvan along with her family comprising of her parents and two siblings. Her father works as a labourer and earns Rs 4000 per month. Rina is 10 years old and studies in the fourth standard. She aspires to be a nurse when she grows up. She lives in a kachcha house (a mud-and-daub structure), a telltale sign of poverty.

Rina joined the Magic Bus sessions two years ago. Her siblings, too, have been coming to the sessions. It was bought to the notice of the Community Youth Leader that Rina was not regular in school.

Through the Magic Bus sessions, Rina was informed about the importance of going to school and how she could achieve her dreams by going to school. Gradually, she started going to school. Before long, her attention during lessons improved and she started enjoying school.


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

Faces of change

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.