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Block M, Sawda

2012 06 11 Magic Bus India 0390

About Delhi

Block M, Sawda, in the north western part of Delhi, is resettlement community with a population of about 1,350, of which only around 500 are women. The nearest town is Tiragadi, which is 12 km away. People travel to and from Tiragadi by bus for work.

Most people here live in kaccha houses, with no toilets. The only source of water for the community is through government tankers that provide water once in two days. There is no drainage system and sanitation is one of the biggest problems faced by the community.

The nearest school and dispensary are half a kilometre away.

Magic Bus started operations in Block M, Sawda in 2010. Currently, there are around 80 girls and 120 boys attending Sport for Development sessions here.

Impact

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

Faces of change

Sessions at Block M, Sawda, are held thrice a week and last for about 2 hours each. Sessions are divided into 3 parts:

  • 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