Block K, Sawda (in North-West Block, North-West Delhi District) is a small resettlement community. This 11-year old community is home to people who came to Delhi looking for a means of livelihood.
Employment opportunities in Sawda are limited, and most men are engaged in manual, daily-wage labour. Women in this community support their families by working as domestic maids in nearby houses. Many children also work as rag-pickers.
The young boys in Sawda tended to lack ambition or motivation, not able to see past the challenges of their daily lives, and as a result many of them indulge in illegal activities. The boys would generally not make it conducive for girls to come out in the open, share the playground with them, and play.
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
The sessions at Block K, Sawda last for 2 hours and are divided into 3 parts: