Working in partnership

A year ago, when the Indian TV show Satyamev Jayate showcased Magic Bus’ work in moving children from poverty, 57-year-old Prakash Rao was one of the millions of viewers.

 

“This was just the organisation I was looking for,” he said, inspired by our experiential learning approach “I wanted children from my school to have the best education possible."

 

Prakash runs a small tea-stall in the East Indian city of Cuttack. He was forced to drop out of school at an early age and become a child labourer, an experience that left a lasting impact on him.

 

 

 

“I want to make sure no child misses out on school just because of poverty,” he says. “In my slum, for instance, I decided that if children can’t make it to school, school must come to them," Prakash has opened a small school in his slum and hired a teacher, the entire cost of which comes out of the earnings from his tea stall.

 

Today, 86 children study in this school. Their parents are rickshaw pullers and domestic workers, the bottom rung of India’s employment pyramid. Prakash’s partnership with Magic Bus brings vital interventions to their education and prepares them for better livelihood options.

 

We are inspired and honoured to be part of the changes Prakash is creating in his community.

 

 

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