With a population of 10391 individuals Noonepalli is a large slum cluster in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Most of the inhabitants belong to the Mala social group which is enlisted as a Scheduled Caste. The residents of this slum are mostly Hindus and speak Telugu. Nearly 2300 households in this community are below the poverty line.
Most of the residents of this area work as labourers in the nearby cotton and oil mills located in the vicinity. Some of the residents are scavenger workers with the Municipality. Public Health Centres and Hospitals are not very far, however hygiene and sanitation in the slum continues to be an issue, primarily due to the absence of a drainage system.
Apart from issues related to sanitation, the Magic Bus team initially faced behavioural challenges with the local youth in the community. However, after organising frequent youth meetings, there has been a change in their behaviour and the team has built a good rapport with the youth and community members.
The Magic Bus team plans to have frequent meetings with the youth and parents, to influence more positive behavioural changes and also plans to organize awareness meeting on health and sanitation by involving community members and influential members of the society.
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 every week on Sundays, between 5.00 to 6.30pm,
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.
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