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Jahangirpuri

Magic Bus Del Girl And Gender  (27)

About Delhi

Jahangirpuri community is in the north-western part of Delhi. The nearest landmark is the Jahangirpuri Metro Station. Residents of the neighbourhood belong to different ethnicities, but the majority of the population is Punjabi. It is an authorized community and is supported by the government of Delhi, which provides proper water supply through pipelines twice a day. The community also has a well-functioning drainage system (sewers). 

Economic inequality in this locality is highly visible. Richer residents – most of whom own their own businesses – live in brick and mortar houses, while the rest of the community lives in shanties and shacks. Crime rates in this area are also high, and most residents don’t allow their daughters to go out.

Magic Bus started operations in Jahangirpuri in July 2011. While residents welcomed the programme, the biggest problem Magic Bus faced was the lack of space to conduct sessions. Local schools use the parks in the neighbourhood, and as a result, Magic Bus is not allowed to conduct its sessions there. There are 600 children attending these sessions, of which 70% are boys. There are 11 Community Youth Leaders.

Programme Inputs

17-year-old Nisha was forbidden from stepping out of home. After coming back from school, she would help her mother finish the household chores and her bother solve Math problems.

Nisha puts up at Jahangirpuri in north Delhi in a rented accommodation. Her father works as a tempo driver and mother is a home-maker.

When Youth Mentor Shahreen explored the community, she understood that it was inherently conservative. It was a challenge to get girls out of their homes. After organising regular workshops and seminars for parents and children, they agreed to send their girls for a short while.

Nisha joined as a bright yet shy girl. She would help children participate in the sessions but felt intimidated by peers and boys. Shahreen found immense potential in Nisha and decided to tap it. She engaged Nisha in activities in mixed gendered groups. Nisha took a while in working things around boys, but as expected, she emerged as a leader and a brilliant orator.

Impact

Magic Bus continues to work towards increasing the number of children attending the sessions using a variety of field activities. 

A football tournament and a painting competition were organised recently and the winners were given trophies and medals.

An inter-community football tournament was organised for the Community Youth Leaders. This community also has a kho-kho team for the Community Youth Leaders.

Faces of change

The children in this community are divided into batches, and each batch attends Magic Bus Sport for Development sessions once a week. These sessions happen in the morning as well as in the evening and last for 2 hours. A session is divided into three parts:

  • Warm Up: The developmental goals are introduced using interactive activities.
  • Main Activity: The developmental goals are reinforced using sports and activities.
  • Review: A discussion is facilitated to draw parallel to real life situations and sum up learning objectives.

(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)