Block D of Sawda, in the north-western block in North Delhi, is a small resettlement community. It is near the Hanuman Mandir in Sawda Colony. This 11-year-old community is inhabited by migrants from other states of the country.
Employment opportunities in Sawda are limited and most men are involved 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.
Most of the houses here are kaccha, with no toilets. There are no public toilets in the locality either, and residents have to resort to open defecation.
The area does not have a functional drainage system. The water supply comes from water tankers every alternate day, and not everyone gets water from these. Some people go to nearby areas to take water from the Sarv Jan water facility.
Magic Bus started operations in Block-D, Sawda, in January 2011. Of the 125 children currently in the programme, around 58 are girls. Sneha is the Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of the community. She is assisted by Rita, a 19-year-old Youth Mentor, and four Community Youth Leaders.
Recently, a football tournament was organised for the children of this community. Magic Bus children from this community have also performed two role-plays at Jantar Mantar on the subjects ‘Corruption’ and ‘Women’s Safety’, and a skit at an Asian Paints event in Rohtakon on the subject of ‘Women Rights’.
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
Sport for Development sessions are held every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm, on Friday from 5pm to 7pm and on Sunday from 2:30pm to 4pm. Sessions are divided into three parts:
(Photographs are from Magic Bus areas of operation and are used for representation only.)