Block C, Bakkarwala, is a slum cluster in north Delhi with a population of about 1,300.
Most of the residents work as wage labourers in nearby factories. Others have to travel to Nangloi, a town at a distance of 5-6km, for work. Bakkarwala has a government school that caters to children up to the tenth standard. The closest hospital is at Nangloi.
In the absence of a proper drainage system and awareness regarding disposal of waste, the people living here are exposed to severe health hazards.
Magic Bus began working in Block C, Bakkarwala from September 2011.
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
Sessions are held from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and from 5:45 pm to 7.00 pm on Sundays.
Magic Bus sessions here are divided into three parts: