Magic Bus India Foundation
Magic Bus will take children and young people on a journey from a childhood of abject poverty and challenges such as child marriage and child labor, to a fulfilling life with a respectable livelihood.
Work and Achievements
Magic Bus began its journey 20 years ago by working with young children using sports as a medium. As we spread across the country, we understood the need to work with children in the age group of 12 to 18 years and youth after 18. Now we take them on a Childhood to Livelihood journey – ensuring they complete education, delay their age of marriage, and get the skills to enter organised work – in order to move them out of poverty.
From 3000 children in 1999 in Mumbai to a direct outreach of more than 1 million
children and young people, across 22 States and 80 districts in India and Asia.
For the year 2018-19, we have impacted 375,000 children and young people from 1961 communities and 930 schools in both urban slum clusters and remote rural areas in India. With 42 Livelihood centres we have trained 10,000 youth and placed 70% youth in jobs in the organised sector, career-based trainings or get self-employed, with an average salary of INR 10,287/USD 147. In Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar 6000 children, in 40 communities and 31 schools with 81 Community Coordinators are a part of our programme.
Less than 5% of girls on our programme drop out before the Class 8 vs 40% who dropout nationally.
95% girls do not marry before the age of 18 vs 70% girls, nationally.
70% of our young people are in jobs. All of them are first generation earners, their parents are mostly daily wage workers or farmers.
2018 - We win the ET Now Leadership Award for Education and Learning. Matthew Spacie wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Standard.
2017 - We receive the Millennium Alliance Award, Round IV, for innovative practices in the Livelihoods space.
2016 - We win Charity of the Year Award at Asian Voice Charity Awards, UK, and UEFA Foundation for Children Award.
2015 - Matthew Spacie wins the Beyond Sport Leadership Award.
2014 - We win Laureus Sport for Good Award and theRashtriya Khel Protsahan Award.
2007 – Founder, Mattew Spacie, was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) For services to children in the Commonwealth.
2004 – The Wolrd Bank’s Development Marketplace Award.
Fund Utilisation Statement
Magic Bus works with children and young people, living in poverty, in India, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. We equip children and young people in the age group of 12-18 with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty