A-Block, Holambi Kalan Phase 1, is a small community in north Delhi. This 11-year-old community is a resettlement colony with people from different religions who migrated from other parts of the country for their livelihood. However, there aren’t too many employment opportunities. Men in the community work as daily-wage labourers and women have to work as domestic workers. Children also work as rag pickers.
Girls in the community do not enjoy the same freedom as boys and are not allowed to go out to play. We chose to start the Sport for Development programme in this community so that we can grow girl’s confidence and develop the community through sports.
Magic Bus started operations in A-Block, Holambi Kalan in January 2011 with 30 children. Two Community Youth Leaders were identified and trained, and they helped us reach out to 55 children in the age group of 7-15 years. The Magic Bus Youth Mentors organised a sensitisation session towards the right to play and importance of education for children specially girls, in January 2011. The Youth Mentors and Community Youth Leaders have been helpful in increasing awareness in the community about children’s right to play, the importance of education and about health and hygiene issues.
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 at Block A, Holambi Kalan last for 2 hours and are divided into 3 partsSessions take place twice a day from Wednesday to Sunday and last for 1.30-2 hours. The session plan is 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