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.
Sidur is home to 936 people. Located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, this settlement is far removed from the basic necessities of living - healthcare infrastructure and schools.
The people of Sidur are mostly into farming. Both Hindus and Buddhists coexist.
Magic Bus has been working in this community since the last four years.
12-year-old Kishori was inordinatel shy.
A girl of her age is usually thought to be full of words and energy. But, Kishori was just the opposite. Having had no one to interact with since her childhood except her family members, she had developed a diffidence that was hard to overcome.
"I didn't believe I was good enough", says Kishori.
Kishori's family is perhaps the poorest in Sidur. Both her parents are farmers. A monthly income of 2,500 supports a family of four.
She didn't make any friends when she first started coming for the sessions. In fact, she used to stand in the sidelines and watch the game progress. She didn't think she had it in her to participate in any sporting activity and win.
Something happened during her early days in Magic Bus which helped her become confident.
A singing compeitition was organised in her community. Such compeititions are organised to encourage talent, and bring the community together. Such ocassions are also utilised to help parents develop an understanding of Magic Bus' vision and work.
Kishori, who had thought she couldn't sing in front of her entire community, surprised herself by not only singing aloud but also bagging the first prize. "I was surprised that people liked my song. Earlier, I would croon to myself, never daring to raise my voice for I feared I wasn't good enough", shares Kishori.
Kishori dreams of being a singer one day.
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.