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Jatav Mohalla

Dakshinpuri New Delhi India Credit Alex Rossi 10

About Delhi

Jatav Mohalla is a part of the Tughalakabad village, the small settlement that borders Delhi’s old Tughlakabad Fort, one of Delhi's seven cities. Most of the 1500 residents work as daily wage laborers, rickshaw drivers, plumbers, painters and carpenters. Since the settlement is an old one, most people have been able to put together resources and build brick structures to live in, complete with toilets. None of them are built according to building standards, but offers better weather proofing than the shanties thah these families once called home.

Programme Inputs

The main problem of working in this community was that the ground that was used to conduct the sessions were often occupied by gamblers who would play cards, drink alcohol and generally make the park unsafe for children to use for the Magic Bus sessions, especially girls.

Magic Bus organised a community meeting where this problem was addressed. Both staff members and the trained volunteers explained how public spaces like parks need to be made amenable to all, and how such access to safe spaces was crucial to the larger goal of girls occupying public roles. Through presentations and rallies with the help of the community members, the team was successful in driving out the gamblers and so at least for the duration of the session, children have access to a safe play space. Magic Bus has a national level association with the Government of India's National Playfields Association, which works on developing play spaces for public use.

Faces of change

Magic Bus sessions here are conducted weekly and are divided into three 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