Today, there are 60 million more Indians living in poverty than 20 years ago, many of whom are children and young people. Over the coming decades, without support, they will miss out on opportunities for meaningful employment, but also much more—they will miss their chance to fulfil their own ambitions and dreams, and to build and participate in an India of their choosing.
Magic Bus India Foundation is an organization that seeks to close this gap between poverty and opportunity. It enables children and youth in marginalized communities to become active and contributing members of society with dignified livelihood options or jobs. Ranging from education and gender equality to health and employability, important life skills are imparted to children by the youth of their own community, through various on-field games and other activities. Magic Bus is a pioneer of this sports for development approach in India.
Magic Bus has created change for 2,50,000 young people through more than 8,000 youth leaders across the country.
The Magic Bus approach has created a noteworthy impact:
- Education - 7 out of 10 Magic Bus children who were school dropouts have returned to education.
- Health and hygiene - - 7 out of 10 Magic Bus children show a vast improvement in their health, hygiene and fitness levels.
- Gender (equality, inclusion, violence, marriage) - 40% of Magic Bus children are girls who value education and seek sustainable employment.
- Employability - 85% of Magic Bus participants enrol in the group’s employability enhancement programme, CONNECT. Of these, 90% enrol in further education.
Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2014
Laureus Sport for Good Award 2014
AmeriCares Spirit of Humanity Award 2013
India NGO Award presented by The Rockefeller Foundation and others 2013
NDTV Marks for Sport Award 2012
Founder Matthew Spacie was conferred with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II 2007