With a population of 2826, Thimmapuram is located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is home to an Other Backward Classes (OBC) social group named, Balija. People of Thimmapuram speak in Telugu and practice Hinduism. Almost all the households in this area fall below the poverty line.
The only livelihood option available to the people of Thimmapuram is agriculture. In months when crops fail, most of the villagers migrate to nearby villages in search of a living. This migration is predominantly seasonal and takes place usually between March and May. Migrants go to nearby villages to work as agricultural labourers. Usually both the adult male and female migrate leaving behind their children in the care of the elderly members of the family.
The nearest primary health centre is 500mts away. In order to access hospital services, a person has to travel all the way to Nandyal, which is at a distance of 15kms from this village. While a school is located in the neighbourhood of this village; the nearest distance to the college is around 15kms.
Magic Bus began working in this community since 2011. There are 60 children in the programme, out of which 28 are girls and 32 are boys.
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 twice every Saturday between 10.00 and 11.30am and 3.30 to 5.00pm in the evening.
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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