Holambi Kalan is a small community located in the North-West District of New Delhi. It is an 11-year old resettlement colony made up of migrants from other states of the country, who have been living here for almost 22 years. People follow different religions, and there are no reported disputes based on religion, caste or race.The Holambi Kalan area answers nearly all the parameters that a UN Report Expert Group created as an operational definition of a slum: as an area that combines inadequate access to safe water; inadequate access to sanitation and other infrastructure; poor structural quality of housing; overcrowding; and insecure residential status.
The employment opportunities in Holambi Kalan are limited, and most men are engaged in manual, daily wager. 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 part of the city for work, leaving children alone and unattended for long periods of time.
Magic Bus initiated its sport for development programme in Block B in January 2011 with Youth Mentor (YM) Reena Singh. She along with two newly-identified and trained Community Youth Leaders (CYLs) conducted the initial Magic Bus sessions with 30 children.
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
At sessions which last for 2 hours and are divided into 3 parts, Magic Bus interacts with children using the following structure:
• 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