Budh Nagar is in Loni, Ghaziabad. It is located right behind Balram Nagar, where Magic Bus also works. The lanes here are filled with potholes and they are very dirty. There are around 400-500 homes in Budh Nagar, with a population of around 5000 people. The houses are cemented and equipped with toilets. The people here are mostly household helpers, petty shopkeepers, etc.
Magic Bus started work here 3-4 months back by Magic Bus employees Indu and Uma.
“When we started the program in Budh Nagar, there was no playground as such. We had to conduct the sessions in the empty plots. Often, older boys prevented me from taking the sessions in the same plot as the one they used. They would often trouble me while I took the sessions and even bully the kids who came to the sessions. As a result of this some children stopped coming,”recalls the Magic Bus employee, Poonam. “Then we held a dialogue between community members and the older boys asked me to conduct a separate sessions for them. This put an end both to the disruptive behavior as well as the bullying. Today, sessions taken place without a hitch. Recently, we also held a football match between the two age groups of children.”
Sessions are conducted from Wednesday to Sunday every week, lasting for two hours each and are divided into three parts: