With 468 households and a population of around 2,000, Block D, Bakkarwala is a shanty town in New Delhi. Like most slum clusters, it has no access to drainage making its residents perennially vulnerable to piling garbage and diseases. The situation becomes worse during the monsoons.
Inadequacy underlines the basic necessities of people living here. The supply of water is grossly below demand with the divisional board providing water tankers at an interval of two days. The nearest government hospital is at a distance of 5-6 kms in Nangloi. Children from the community go to the only government school at Nangloi, which has classes till the tenth standard. The adult members, too, travel to Nangloi in search of work where they are employed in factories as daily wage labourers.
Magic Bus ventured into Bakkarwala on 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 thrice every weekend: On Saturdays, between 3.30 to 5.00 pm, and on Sundays from 3.30pm to 5.00pm and 5.50pm to 6.45pm.
Magic Bus Sessions here are divided into three broad parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)