Meet the Changemaker
Magic Bus steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood. Magic Bus is driving change in 320 of India's poorest villages and slum settlements
Impact Area: Education
Participation in the Magic Bus program makes a child attend more regularly at school, reducing his/her chances of dropping out and increasing the possibility of the child moving into higher grades.
By the time a Magic Bus child finishes her or his first year in our programme, she or he is more aware of issues relating to gender-equity and rights, and is therefore better equipped to behave fairly with people of any gender.
Young women and girls in Magic Bus report a higher degree of control over their sexual and reproductive health.
Meet the Leader
Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Cox and Kings and Founder of Cleartrip.com, Matthew comes with extensive experience in senior positions within the corporate sector and an intuitive understanding of the needs of the development sector.In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for services to children in the Commonwealth.
Stories of Change
Most of Annawadi’s residents work as daily wage workers across Mumbai with meager incomes. Awareness about preventive health and formal education is low in this area. Children and adolescents are willing to go only till 7th or 8th grades in schools, after which there is tremendous pressure to start earning