New Ashok Nagar is located in Noida, East Delhi, near the near Vasundhara Enclave/Ashok Nagar Metro Station.
The population is approximately 4,000-5,000, and the area is divided block-wise. Most men from this community work as daily wage labourers while the women mostly work as domestic help in nearby houses. Some residents own houses while others live in rented accommodation.
Water supply in the area is provided by the government through tankers. The area is relatively clean and has a functional drainage system.
There are two government schools and 7-8 private schools in the area. The government schools cater to children up to Std 12, while most of the private schools are only up to Std 7 and 8. Boys are relatively well behaved and respect girls in the community. There is a private hospital where doctors are appointed regularly.
Magic Bus started operations in New Ashok Nagar in the year 2010. Around 200 children attend these sessions. However, the number of girls in the programme has decreased over the years.
In May 2011, a summer camp was organised with activities such as football, athletic events and races. Subsequently, many other football tournaments have been held at New Ashok Nagar. Children in the programme have reached district-level competency.
Seventeen-year-old Dev joined Magic Bus in 2011. He lives with his parents and brother in New Ashok Nagar. His brother, who works as a mechanic, supports the family economically. His income is supplemented by what their father earns by washing cars. Their mother is a housewife. Dev was not enrolled in school. Instead, he worked with his father washing cars. When Dev joined the programme, he was very low on confidence.
However, after joining Magic Bus, he started playing football. He played in the league matches and did extremely well. He was one goal short of making the maximum number of goals in the league.
But he still didn’t attend school, prompting the Magic Bus team to intervene and counsel him on the importance of a formal education. They visited his home and spoke to his parents, explaining why it was important to send Dev to school. After a lot of persuasion, his parents agreed to send him to school. The Training and Monitoring officer is helping Dev re-enrol in the government school.
Sessions are held from Monday to Saturday 6am to 8am and from 5pm to 7pm for different batches of children. Sessions are divided into 3 parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)