100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur is a small community located in the South-West Delhi District. The community is close to the famous Chhatarpur Temple, a popular temple that draws a huge number of devotees almost around the year.
The socio-economic status of people in this community is very low. Most of them are illiterate migrants from other states, who lack a permanent source of income and therefore sell utensils in exchange for old clothes to make a living.
Many people living here are forced migrants who have come to Delhi in search of better food, habitation and work opportunities.
A drawing competition on occasion of India’s Independence Day on 15th August brought together the 30 children on the programme.
Later in the year, in October, a cricket match was also facilitated. “These matches, including a handball match we organised, is our way of just making people experience the power of sport first-hand,” says Shyam Babu, the local mentor. Shyam Babu has been given 120 hours of training with the donation amount you have gifted us. Besides the training, a Magic Bus staff member is available to oversee the programme and providing any help Shyam Babu needs in delivering the programme to the 30 children in the group.
18 volunteer mentors (including all the volunteer mentors working in the vicinity of 100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur) were referred to another non-profit, Chaman, that trained them on communication skills.
In other news, Magic Bus launched an ambitious management information system (MIS) that is a web-based database that will help track the progress made by each child in the programme. The MIS system is sponsored by a donor organisation, Laureus and will, once operational, enable us to pull out information on the 137 child development indicators we are tracking to see if and how the Magic Bus programme is creating impact on the ground.
Magic Bus also launched, for the first time, an Impact page on it’s website, to make sure our donors and supporters can check out the value they are helping to create at the click of a button.
“Our experience in working with 2000 communities such as the one on 100 Feet Road, Chhatarpur shows that breaking gender stereotypes (in this case, one that says ‘Girls cannot play with boys’) is among the most difficult to change” says Pratik Kumar, Magic Bus’ COO.
Magic Bus volunteers and mentors have delivered key messages such as:
Magic Bus sessions here are divided into three 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