With a population of 488, Achari colony is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The colony takes its name after the majority community, Acharis, who are enlisted as Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
91 percent of the 123 households in Achari colony fall below the poverty line. Telugu is the spoken language in this area. Most of the residents are engaged in wood work. There is little other livelihood options in this area.
A primary health centre and hospital is located in the vicinity. A school and college is also situated nearby.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Magic Bus programme is the attitude of parents towards girl education. Almost all of them were not in favour of sending their girls to school after they come of age. When Magic Bus began its programme in the area in 2011, the same attitude prevented many girls from being a part of the programme. The team continues to work on the community’s perception regarding girls’ education and participation in the public space through community sensitization meetings.
At present, there are 90 children in Achari colony who are a part of the Magic Bus programme.
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 Fridays between 4.00 to 5.30pm.
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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.