Our work equips some of India's poorest children and young people with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and be successful, to move out of poverty, and to take control of their future. We work in the areas of education, health, gender equality, leadership and livelihood.
To bring more children into the Award-winning Magic Bus programme that ensures access to education, health awareness, gender equity and skills and attitudes to help move these children out of poverty
Parvati Pujari, 21, is completing a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Mumbai University. She is also working as a community leader for Magic Bus and training to be a football coach.
What makes all this special is that Parvati is from one of Mumbai's 4 million extremely poor families that live on less than 592 per person, per month. Her parents were constructions workers, helping build a five star Mall in central Mumbai. They live in a shed that floods every monsoon. "We mostly make do with khichdi,” Parvati says.
What created change was Parvati’s belief in her power to change her own, and her family's future by making sure she used every opportunity that was available in the system, but not fully utilised. Parvati started attending Magic Bus sessions form the age of 9 and completed school as her friends got married off as child brides. While her peers were struggling with premature pregnancies, Parvati was taking activity-and sport-based coaching classes for younger children, joining a job, working on her football course, and travelling abroad to raise funds for Magic Bus. Through her experience with Magic Bus, Parvati has shown that it is possible to break out of poverty.