Holambi Kalan is a small community located in the north-western part of New Delhi. It is an 11-year old resettlement colony made up of migrants who have been living in the Capital for over 22 years. People follow different religions, and there are no reported disputes based on religion, caste or race.
Employment opportunities in Holambi Kalan Phase 1 are limited, and most men are engaged in manual, daily-wage labour. The women in this community support their families by working as domestic maids in nearby houses. Many children also work as rag-pickers.
Like many new resettlement colonies, Holambi Kalan suffers from a lack of basic amenities, including any livelihood options nearby. Many parents have to travel by bus to the main parts of the city for work, leaving children alone and unattended for long periods of time.
Magic Bus started its programme in November 2010 in this community. Currently, there are around 600 children in the programme, which includes those enrolled in an institution. Girls hold the majority here. Vikhyat Singh is the Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of this community. He is assisted by two Youth Mentors, Neetu, 22, and Rahul, 23, and 15 Community Youth Leaders – six girls and 9 boys.
The Magic Bus team in Block B of Holambi Kalan Phase 1 keeps organising various events. Recently, we organised friendly matches of football and kho-kho for the children, and TOMS shoes were distributed. Several campaigns are organised by the Community Youth Leaders on the importance of education, which leads to re-enrolment of dropouts in schools. Parents’ meetings are held every month. There was also a Youth Development refresher training organised in May 2014.
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
Sport for Development sessions are held in the morning and evening from Tuesday to Saturday. Sessions last for two hours each and are divided into three parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)