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|About||Magic Bus, founded in 1999, is a non-profit organisation that works with 4 Lakh children and 9000 volunteers from marginalised communities in India.|
Vision: Magic Bus will give millions of children living in poverty the opportunity to control the way they view the world, the freedom to choose the role they will play in it, and the power to define their own destiny.
Mission: Magic Bus is committed to developing local community mentors who take children living in poverty on the journey from childhood to livelihood. Over a ten year period, our mentors work with children and parents through a weekly curriculum of sporting activities, which are used as metaphors to change behaviour in the areas of education, health, gender and livelihood. We always access existing community partnerships to ensure that young people move from poverty, and develop into young adults with greater control and choice.
All Magic Bus graduates are offered the opportunity to enrol in livelihood programmes, creating at scale, a movement of competent, confident young people ready to make a significant difference to their lives.
We provide local community role models to children, who we call mentors. These mentors ensure equal access to education, health services and social and emotional skills. Our mentoring programme starts at 8 years old, on a journey through childhood and can last until we deliver confident young people directly into the workplace, higher education or training opportunities.
All our mentors are young adults, who we train from the community who work through a researched, activity-based curriculum we have designed, to bring about behaviour change. Along with parents we use the medium of sport and our programmes work with children and communities towards gender equality, better education and health. Once the children reach an appropriate age we enroll all our youth on either our employability or leadership programme positioned to graduate young confident and competent youth at scale into further education or employment. The scale and the impact of this program is unique in the Indian context.
National Sports Promotion Award 2014 - from President of India
Laureus Sport for Good Award 2014
NDTV Marks for Sport Award
"Jury's Choice" Award for outstanding contribution towards healthcare, Spirit of Humanity Awards 2013
"Rising Star" Award, Resource Alliance- India NGO Awards 2013