I-Block, Sawda, is home to a population of 150 persons and is located in north Delhi. Mostly migrants from different parts of the country, it is hard to specify just a single spoken language here. Inhabitants are connected by a diversity of languages and religious beliefs. 20 out of the 50 households settled here lie below the poverty line. Daily wage work is the main livelihood option.
Life is a continuous struggle with no access to drinking water or healthcare facilities. Lack of awareness about the importance of education coupled with rampant addiction makes this community an extremely difficult and dangerous place for children to grow up.
Since 2010, Magic Bus has been working on improving awareness-levels on education, discouraging addiction among youth and adults, and encouraging children to learn soft skills which would prepare them for better livelihood options in their youth.
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
• Respect for elders
Magic Bus Sessions here are divided into three broad 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 operation are used for representation only.