N-Block in Jaitpur is located in South Delhi, near the Badarpur area, behind ASP Senior Secondary School.
The population is around 1,000, of which around 450 are children. Most of the men from this community work as tailors, vegetable vendors, peons in offices or daily-wage labourers. Women in the area make handicrafts at home or work as daily-wage earners in silayi centres.
Water supply is provided by the government through tankers. Every house has a toilet. The area has two community toilets. The locality also has a functional drainage system.
Magic Bus started operations in N-Block, Jaitpur, in April 2014. The programme covers 100 children of which 50 are girls. Radhika, 23, is the Training and Monitoring officer in charge of the community. She is assisted by a 21-year-old Youth Mentor, Karuna.
A Football Tournament was organised for children on May 24, 2014.
16-year-old Meenakshi is undergoing a training to become a Community Youth Leader (CYL) in her community.
Each leader has her story. Meenakshi had one too.
She began attending Magic Bus sessions exactly a year ago. In the first few sessions, she got the reputation of being abusive. Divya, the Youth Mentor, spoke to her about her behaviour. It took several sessions before she stopped using foul language with her peers.
“A year ago I couldn’t imagine myself to be a leader. I barely had any friends. Now, I think I have it in me to be a leader”, Meenakshi signs off.
Given to the low economic status of residents in this community, most of the parents were reluctant to send their children to school. The Youth Mentors are making consistent efforts to motivate children in the sessions to attend school regularly. A parents’ meeting was held in May 2014 where parents were counselled about the importance of education and good health.
Presently, rapport building exercises are conducted every week in the community.
Sessions are held in N-Block, Jaitpur, on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4 pm to 6 pm and are divided into 3 parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.)