Holi is a Hindu festival of colour, joy and hope which marks the arrival of Spring and where people take to the streets, regardless of caste, age or gender, to throw coloured powder and water at one another in celebration!
This spirit of play and inclusiveness is central to the Magic Bus programme which enables children and young people to move out of poverty through mentoring and behaviour change.
400,000 children and 8,500 young people’s lives are positively impacted by Magic Bus programme:
• 98% of adolescent girls on the Magic Bus programme attend school regularly, only 46% do so nationally
• No girls under the age of 18 are married on the Magic Bus programme, 43% are nationally
• 71% of young people on the Magic Bus programme attend university, only 9% do nationally.
Read how sisters Sakshi and Minakshi were able to re-enrol in school with the support of Magic Bus.
This year, Holi is celebrated on 24th March and we invite you to join in the celebrations by supporting Magic Bus.
It costs just £20 to enable one child to join the Magic Bus programme for one year. Your support can help Magic Bus place a local mentor in the life of children growing up in poverty in marginalised communities in India and give hope for their future.
Regular donations are the most efficient way of supporting Magic Bus and allow us to plan for key projects and we would be incredibly grateful if you would consider setting one up. Alternatively if you would prefer to make a one-off donation, this will also be extremely beneficial.
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Thank you for your support and Happy Holi!
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