Vanikendinne is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and is home to 1063 people. The majority of households in this area are mud-and-daub structures or what is known as kuchcha houses in India. Inhabitants belong to the Other Backward Classes group, Chakali. Telugu is the main spoken language. 84 percent of the households in this area fall below the poverty line.
Agriculture is the mainstay for people settled in this area. Some of them migrate to Guntur, a town in the neighbourhood, to pick chillies during the harvesting season.
The nearest primary health centre is at a distance of 4kms. The nearest school and college are equally distant.
Since its intervention in 2011, the thrust of our programme has been to overcome community attitudes towards gender roles. Through our programme we have tried to bring about a change in the community’s attitude towards the participation of girls in spaces outside their household.
At present, we have 42 children on our programme here.
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 8.30 and 10.00am.
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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