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Civil Lines, Majnu Ka Tilla

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About Delhi

Civil Lines in Majnu ka Tilla is a small resettlement community in north Delhi. It is located between the Yamuna River and Delhi’s Outer Ring Road near the ISBT Kashmiri Gate. 

The population of this locality is around 25,000, of which approximately 6,000 are children. This 30-year old community is home to migrants from other states and Tibetans. A number of residents belong to scheduled castes. People live in small but pucca houses. Most men from this community work as daily-wage labourers, hawkers and street vendors. Women mostly work as domestic help, labourers and sweepers. Many children also work as rag pickers.

Water supply to the community is provided by the Delhi Jal Board. However, proper sanitation remains a challenge as most houses in the locality do not have toilets. As a result, residents have to resort to open defecation in the nearby maidan. 

Magic Bus started operations in this community in January 2012. The programme covers 450 children, of which 150 are girls. Zakir Khan, 25, is the Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of handling the programme in this community. He is assisted by 20-year-old Youth Mentor Akash.

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

Magic Bus' sessions are held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9am to 11am and from 5pm to 7pm, and 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