Magic Bus is Asia’s largest mentoring organization that is working to move some of the world’s poorest children from poverty. We use mentors and a sports-based curriculum to engage children and ensure that they make the right choices from childhood, all the way through to better livelihoods as adults.
More than 220000 children attend Magic Bus mentoring programmes delivered by youth leaders, every week in India. The 700 Magic Bus staff members and 8.000 youth leaders work in some of the poorest parts of the country, including the pockets of poverty in urban and rural Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
India is home to over 400 million people living on less than CHF 1.15/ day. There are 3.5 million NGOs in India focused on mainstream education, primary health and developmental programmes. However lack of access, opportunity and participation continue to be key challenges of economic empowerment. Magic Bus works with children, youth and communities, empowering them to access the existing resources and opportunities.
The Activitiy Based Curriculum (ABC) is a unique model that uses games to make change. 40 sessions per year – each with a lesson, teach children about education, gender, health, and key issues affecting them. The games excel in building physical, social, and personal skills. Local youth volunteers are trained to be mentors and role models to other children. They conduct ABC sessions and act as catalysts for community change. The children and youth grow up becoming confident, respected and responsible. The Connect Programme bridges the gap between possibility and opportunity through access to to training and courses. Nearly all the youth end up pursuing higher studies and/or enrolling in our employability program.
Better life skills and better opportunities for 220.000 children in Magic Bus programmes delivered by 8,000 youth leaders. To learn more, please get in touch with us. There are a number of ways of supporting Magic Bus and feeling connected to what we are doing.
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