We train and guide local, community-based, mentors to deliver a long term programme that focuses on education, health and gender equity. The programme enables young people to have more choice and control in their lives so they can move out of poverty. We do this by using a comprehensive curriculum that uses sport as a metaphor and is delivered using a child-friendly mentoring approach. This creates proven behaviour change.
Every participant on the programme is offered our livelihood programme, Connect, which offers a chance to enroll in higher studies, or job placements with reputed companies. As a result of our work, more than 250,000 children and youth are today accessing better education, improving their health situation, displaying more gender-equal behaviour and working towards strong livelihood options as adults.
Our goal for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014 is to reach and uplift at least 5,000 more children through our National Programme across the 12 states we actively work in.
Your donation will specifically support our goal of improving childrens education quality and accessibility. We will use funds to develop our direct intervention programmes in government schools, expand our existing livelihood and employability programmes, and continue to ensure that Magic Bus children attend and excel in school. We are in process of developing a Magic Bus scholarship fund to support our graduates on their journey to higher education. Cost per child on annual basis is INR 1200.
We ask for your humble contribution for success in our journey.
All donations to Magic Bus are 50% tax exempted under section 80G.
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 Parvatišs 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.
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