Lambu Camp is an area on Gyan Mandir Road in South Delhi. Most residents of Lambu Camp work as hawkers, daily-wage labourers and other informal labour.
Despite starting off as temporary housing, this community is now an authorised colony, with signs of ongoing construction and expansion.
There are no water pipelines or wells and taps set up by the government. The community gets its water supply through water tankers on alternate days.
The area has no proper drainage system, and vacant plots are used for waste disposal. Those who live in brick structures have toilets in their houses. Others who live in temporary shacks have no access to toilets, and children have to travel to nearby fields to defecate.
The Magic Bus Sport for Development programme started in Lambu Camp in 2012 with around 50 girls and 49 boys from the community.
Radhey, a 10-year-old boy, lives with his parents, who work as rag-pickers, and five siblings in Lambu Camp. A few years back, Radhey dropped out of school because he was not interested in studying, and went to work full-time as a rag-picker to help supplement his family’s income.
As an extra-curricular activity, he joined the Magic Bus programme in 2012. During the weekly sessions, he realised he was interested in sports, and took part in almost every activity that Magic Bus organised Seeing his enthusiasm for sports, the Magic Bus team encouraged him to re-enrol in school. They explained the importance of a formal education and how his education would help his family in the long run.
Today, Radhey still works as a rag-picker to help his family, but he also attends classes regularly and even encourages his siblings to do so. He participates in just about every competition – sporting or otherwise – held in school or by Magic Bus.
The community organises a Gram Sabha with the help of Magic Bus which takes place twice a year. This gives them a platform to discuss not just their children’s development but also other issues and problems they face.
The Magic Bus team periodically organises activities for the community. Most recent activities include distribution of TOMS shoes and a drawing competition for the children.
Sport for Development sessions in Lambu Camp are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays and are divided into three parts: