We can’t say it enough! We are huge fans of the Magic Bus charity at ibbi and in London last month it was great to have the opportunity to chat with 24 year old Parvati Pujari who works as a training officer with Magic Bus in Mumbai. The daughter of unskilled construction workers, Parvati grew up playing in the dust and rubble of building sites..something we see all too frequently on our travels through India. Parvati is the fourth of six girls. Her three older sisters all finished education after primary level and two of them were married by thirteen. Parvati joined Magic Bus at the age of nine, was mentored by young people from her community on the importance of education, livelihood and gender equality and despite all the pressure from her parents to marry young, she resisted. She is now a confident, articulate and very engaging young woman, with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and an extraordinary determination to achieve. As she says: ‘one girl can change her family, her community, her society and her village…even India’.
It was such a pleasure to spend time with Parvati who had travelled to the UK to help launch Magic Bus’s pilot programme in East London. We’ll be keeping you in touch with her progress now she’s back in Mumbai.
All info on our ibbi 100 products which support the work of Magic Bus are on the website http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk