With a population of 1127, Wendali is one of the many disenfranchised settlements we work with. It is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
Apart from sheer poverty, Wendali suffers from the disadvantage of not having good roads (which in turn cut them off from any prospect for jobs outside their neihbourhood; lack of toilets and proper drainage.
Residents are mainly farmers.
Magic Bus has been in operation in this area since the last four years. 84 children are a part of our programme here.
When Prashant joined Magic Bus in 2012, our Youth Mentor Yogita noticed that he would turn up unclean.Prashant was 9 years old and was fond of unhealthy food. Since both his parents were farmers and worked in the field for most part of the day, there was no one at home who could keep a close supervision on his eating habits or hygiene.
During the Magic Bus sessions, Prashant was informed about hygienic practices and why one should follow them religiously. He was also introduced to the idea of a balanced diet and its positive effects on overall health and well-being.
As days went by, Yogita saw a distinct improvement in cleanliness and hygiene in Prashant. "He was also overheard passing on these information to other children in the neighbourhood who were not part of the Magic Bus sessions".
With his newfound knowledge, Prashant is able to supervise his own diet and habits adequately.
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.