Magic Bus receives the Millennium Alliance Award

Posted by: at 7/25/2017 05:25:00 am
Magic Bus receives the Millennium Alliance Award


The Grant will help Magic Bus implement the Magic Bus Business Entrepreneurship Programme for youth in rural and semi-urban areas of Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu with limited employment opportunities that will offer training, mentorship, linkages to finance and essential resources for establishing micro/small businesses to move them out of poverty

Mumbai, July 25 2017: The Millennium Alliance is a consortium of development agencies like USAIK, UK-AID, ICICI Foundation, WISH, WORLD BANK GROUP, ICCO anchored by FICCI to provide support to scale different innovations that win the award through a very strong diligence and selection process. This year, Magic Bus India Foundation, an organization working with India’s poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with sustainable livelihoods, won this award at an event organized by Millennium Alliance in Delhi. Union Minister of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan presided over the event and handed out the Awards along with Mark A. White, Mission Director of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in India, Gavin McGillivray, Head of DFID India, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary in the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and,  Dr. A. Didar Singh, FICCI Secretary General.

The grant will help the Magic Bus Livelihoods Programme that connects the aspirations and potential of young people to available market opportunities, to implement a Business Entrepreneurship Programme for youth in rural and semi-urban areas of Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The programme will offer training, mentorship, linkages to finance and essential resources for establishing micro/small businesses, through partnerships with private, non-profit and other Organisations.

Kusum Mohapatra, Director, Magic Bus Livelihoods Programme, said, “The award came at the right time for Magic Bus to scale up its entrepreneurship programme that will support the aspirations of young people from underprivileged backgrounds, who do not have the right training, support , skills and mentoring to enable them to achieve their dreams even though they have great ideas . We are grateful to the Millennium Alliance for helping us reach out to such young people and helping them move out of poverty.”
Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus, said, “Magic Bus is committed to ensure children and young people on our programme move out of poverty. Poverty is the most avoidable reason for young people losing their hope and ability to innovate and start something of their own. With this grant, we can make sure that more young people on our Livelihoods Programme get the support they require to start up on their own.”

About Magic Bus: Magic Bus is one of the largest poverty alleviation programmes in India, working with more than 400,000 children and 9000 volunteer mentors in 22 States and 68 districts of the country. We work with India’s poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. We equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty. 


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