With a total population of 747 persons, Sugalimetta is located in the Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. There are 167 households in this community; all of them belong to the Sugali tribe, a Scheduled Tribe group. The predominant languages spoken in this area are, Lambada and Telugu. Residents practice Hinduism. Almost 80 percent of the households lie below the poverty line.
Agriculture is the major source of livelihood with 70 percent of the population farming in their own lands. For approximately 150 persons the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is the only source of livelihoods. The minimum wages under this scheme is Rs 174 per day.
The nearest primary health centre and hospital is at a distance of 5kms from this village in Panyam. Children have to travel 5kms to Panyam to attend school. The nearest college is located at an equal distance in Panyam.
Magic Bus began working in 2011. The initial challenge was to find a space to conduct the sessions within the community. Once that was overcome, the sessions attracted as many as 60 children into the programme. Apart from the Sport for Development sessions with children, awareness meetings on sanitation and educational entitlements for Scheduled Tribes (like the availability of hostel facilities and so on) have been conducted.
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 once every week on Sundays between 9.30 and 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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