Hari Nagar is located in Jaitpur, South Delhi, near the Badarpur area. It is close to the Sai Baba Mandir.
The population is around 7,000, of which 4,000 are children. Most of the men from this community work as labourers in factories, or as plumbers, mechanics, carpenters and tailors. Women in the area work as domestic help in nearby houses or as daily-wage labourers.
Water is supplied by the government through tankers. Almost every house has a toilet. There are no community toilets in the area.
Magic Bus started operations in Hari Nagar, Jaitpur, in April 2014. The programme covers 50 children, of which 25 are girls. Radhika, a 23-year-old, is the Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of the community. She is assisted by a 21-year-old Youth Mentor, Karuna.
Initially, the Magic Bus team had trouble finding a ground in which sessions could be conducted. The Youth Mentors then found an empty plot in the area and requested its owner to allow them to use it for Sport for Development sessions. The sessions are still going on that plot.
12-year-old Chintu lives with his parents and three siblings in a small, rented house in Sangam Vihar. His father works in a petrol pump and mother is a housewife. The family’s monthly income is Rs. 7,000. Chintu dropped out of school after completing the fourth standard.
He started attending Magic Bus sessions in 2012. The Youth Mentor counselled his parents about sending Chintu to school for a better economic future. His father agreed, but no school was willing to enroll Chintu, as whatever little he studied was in his village, a long time back.
The Youth Mentor also talked to the Principal of the Government School about Chintu’s admission. Chintu will likely be enrolled in the Government School in the next academic year.
Since the programme is relatively new, currently, rapport building sessions are being conducted. A parents’ meeting was held in May 2014 to track the progress of children and initiate a dialogue with parents towards improving education and good health in the community. It was noted that parents are willing to send their daughters to the sessions. Around 50% of the children in the Magic Bus sessions are girls.
Sessions are held on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm and are divided into 3 parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.)