Satram Veedhi is a slum cluster in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. Most of its residents belong to a single social group, the Reddys. Telugu is the main language in this community. More than 90 percent of the households here lie below the poverty line. Agricultural labour and petty business are two most prominent livelihood sources in this community.
There is a primary health centre and a hospital located 1km away from this community. A school and a college are located in the periphery as well.
In 2011, Magic Bus began working with children in this community. The initial challenges were related to the reluctance among parents to send their girls to Magic Bus’ mixed gender sessions. At present, there are 198 children on our programme here.
Our work in this community has been mainly directed towards involving parents in the Magic Bus sessions in order to help them understand the importance of education and schooling for their children.
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 thrice every week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 3.30 and 5.00pm.
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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