Block H, Sawda (in North-West Delhi), is a small resettlement community. 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 engaged in manual, daily-wage labour. The women in this community support their families by working as domestic maids in nearby houses. Many children work as rag-pickers.
Given the lack of creative or productive opportunities in the environment, petty crime attracts a lot of the children, especially as they enter their teens. It is Magic Bus’ mandate to attract these at-risk children into our programme and connect them to their entitlements by working on behavior change.
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
The sessions at Block H, Sawda last for 2 hours and are divided into 3 parts:
• Warm up: The development goal is introduced using interactive activities
• Main activity: The development goal is reinforced using sports and activities
• Review: A discussion is facilitated to draw parallels to real-life situations and sum up the learning objectives
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