With a total population of 750 persons, Palasagaram is a small slum cluster in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Telugu is the main language here. Inhabitants belong to the Chakali caste – a subset of the Rajakas who are washermen by their caste profession. More than 90 percent of the households lie below the poverty line.
Daily wage labour is the only source of livelihood for people settled here.
A primary health centre and a hospital are located a kilometre away from this community. A school and a college are at a similar distance. Lack of awareness on nutrition, health, and hygiene was identified as a challenge when Magic Bus began working in this area in 2011.
At present, we have 170 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 four times every week: on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 3.30 and 5.00pm and on Saturdays 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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