Hathi park is home to 4000 people. The prdominant language spoken in this area is hindi.
Magic Bus has been working in this community since 2014 on a host of issues - one of them being the lack of awareness about education and its long-term benefits, in the community. 200 children are a part of our programme in Hathi park.
16-year-old Shivam joined us an year ago.
Although he wanted to be a Community Youth Leader (CYL), he was not confident about interacting with children. By his own admission, he lacked the qualities of a leader. Or, so he thought an year ago.
The CYL-training proved to be an adequate platform for Shivam to explore his latent leadership abilities. "It gave me a new goal in life and the belief that I could achieve that goal", admits Shivam. "Ofcourse, it didn't happen in a day. I had to work a lot on myself, specially my skills to interact with children. But, I am happy to say that I have made a lot of progress in that regards", he says.
A year is probably a very short time to say that Shivam has emerged as a confident young leader in his community. But, we definitely see a lot of potential in him to do so. And, we are committed to giving him the right platform to hone his skills as a mentor and leader to the children in his community.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Sessions 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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.