By enabling children and young people to complete secondary education, delay their age at marriage, and attain the skills needed for a stable job, Magic Bus helps to break the cycle of poverty for them and their future generations.
Founded by Matthew Spacie in 1999, over 1 million children and young people have been part of the Magic Bus Childhood to Livelihood Program. Magic Bus works with India’s poorest communities enabling children and youth, ages 12 to 18 years, to successfully fend off destablizers such as early marriage and child labor, and become first-generation salary earners.
Magic Bus has trained 5,500 young leaders from the community to mentor and deliver the activity-based sessions to children across 930 schools. Over 30,000 young people have been trained and placed in jobs at our 42 Livelihood centres across India. Magic Bus also works in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Magic Bus with the support structure in a community such as the parents, the community at large, and local institutions, works to ensure results in the social, emotional and economic well-being of all young people, living in that particular area. Our approach mobilizes the entire ecosystem, available to the child or young people, to create transformational change in their lives.
The program ensures all children:
Click here to watch how a typical Magic Bus session works.