The community is situated in South Delhi, near Delhi’s Government Hospital and is an illegal community.
Most residents in the community work as daily-wage labourers and small shop owners.
There are around 2,500 households in the locality. Most of these are made of concrete and have one bedroom. However, none have attached toilets and people have to resort to open defecation in fields or the railway tracks near the locality.
Although there are garbage bins in the locality, the community remains unsanitary and unhygienic because the bins are not used. The garbage then clogs the drains when it rains and leads to water-logging in the community.
Tobacco use is prevalent among children and youth in the community.
Gender inequality is a major concern. Eve-teasing goes unchecked and girls are not allowed the same freedom as boys in the community. Girls in the community are encouraged by their parents to stay home and help with domestic chores. Some girls are not allowed to play outside, and the other girls that are allowed to play outside are ridiculed.
Magic Bus started operations in Aadiwasi Camp in 2012 and has met with a favourable rise in number of children attending sessions. There are currently 400 children attending sessions, 40% of whom are girls. The Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of this community is Irfan Khan. He is assisted by Youth Mentor Kuldeep Singh, and Community Youth Leaders Aman and Imran.
Recently, training and development sessions for Youth Mentors and Community Youth Leaders was held at Aadiwasi Camp.
Geeta, a resident of Aadiwasi Camp, comes from a conservative family. Her father whitewashes houses during the day and sells vegetables in the evening.
Before joining the Magic Bus programme, Geeta was not allowed to go out and play. Even after she started attending Magic Bus sessions, she was shy and spoke very rarely.
She was very interested in and good at football. She was encouraged to play and as her game improved so did her confidence levels. Today, Geeta is very good football player and plays for the South Delhi Magic Bus Football Team.
Geeta, who is a Community Youth Leader at Magic Bus, is now a huge inspiration for other girls and a role model in her community. With Geeta’s help, girls who never played outside are now stepping out in great numbers.
Magic Bus Sport for Development sessions helps reinforce the message that ‘both boys and girls can perform equally’.
Magic Bus sessions at Aadiwasi Camp, JalVihar last for 2 hours and are divided into 3 parts. Sessions take place on Saturday to Sunday. The session plan is divided into three parts:
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