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Block C, Holambi Kalan Phase 1

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About Delhi

Holambi Kalan is a small community located in the north-western part of New Delhi. It is an 11-year old resettlement colony, constituted by migrants from other states of the country, who have been living here for over 22 years. 

People in Holambi Kalan follow different religions, but there are no reported disputes based on religion, caste or race.

Employment opportunities in Holambi Kalan are limited, and most men are engaged in manual, daily-wage labour. The women in this community support their families by working as domestic help in nearby houses. Many children also work as rag-pickers.

Child safety is an issue at Holambi Kalan, with quite a few missing children cases reported.

Magic Bus initiated its Sports for Development programme in this community in January 2011. There are around 351 boys and 223 girls enrolled in Magic Bus from this community. Also The Magic Bus team is working with the MCD School in this area with 180 girls and 200 boys.

The Magic Bus team responsible for this community includes Vikhyat Singh, the Training and Monitoring Officer, along with Youth Mentors Reena Singh, Rahul and Neetu. There are also 7 Community Youth Leaders, three of whom are girls.


A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
• Importance of personal and environmental hygiene
• Equal treatment of boys and girls
• Importance of education
• Respect for elders

Faces of change

Magic Bus Sport for Development sessions are held every Thursday and Sunday from 5pm to 6.30pm, and are divided into three parts:

  • Warm Up: the development goal is introduced using interactive methods. 
  • Main Activity: the development goal is reinforced through sports and activities. 
  • Review: A discussion is facilitated is facilitated to draw real life parallels and sum up the learning activities.

(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)