Mamura Village is located near Barco Electronics Ltd in Sector 66, Noida. The population in this locality is around 7,000, of which around 3,000 are children.
People in Mamura live in rented houses. Most of the men from this community work as tailors or daily-wage labourers in factories, while women work as domestic help and labourers.
Water supply is provided by the government through tankers. Every house in the community has a toilet.
Magic Bus started operations in Mamura in 2012. The programme covers 1,700 children, of which 600 are girls. Anwar and Sandeep are the two Youth Mentors who handle operations in this community.
Let us look back on how Magic Bus got Samir back in school, a story which we had shared with you when you took the onerous task of supporting children from this community.
Eleven-year-old Samir lives in Mamura with his parents and two siblings. His father works as a tailor and mother works as a domestic help. Samir dropped out of school after Std 6.
He joined the Magic Bus programme in December 2012. Initially, Samir was very shy and introverted, and he kept to himself most of the time. He was reluctant to play with other children. After attending Magic Bus sessions for about six months, he overcame his inhibitions and started becoming friendly with other children. His Youth Mentor, Anwar, counselled his parents to send him back to school.
Eventually, Samir developed a keen interest in sports and requested his parents to let him go to school just so he could play. Slowly, his interest in academics increased and he stopped bunking classes.
Samir is currently in Std 8 at the Govt. School in Mamura. “Anwar has been my role model. I am so grateful to Magic Bus and Anwar for helping me,” he says.
Samir developed some anger management issues. He would often pick up fights with other children during sessions. He was abusive and had picked up expletives which affected his relationship with other children. The sessions on good behavioural practices helped him reflect upon his behaviour and improve it.
Health and hygiene were a major concern with residents in the area. With Magic Bus’ intervention, good health practices – such as washing hands before eating, cutting nails and bathing regularly – have been taught to the children.
Parents’ attitudes towards education and health have changed. Most of the families in the community encourage their children to pursue higher education and adopt healthy practices. Regular parents’ meetings and door-to-door visits by Youth Mentors and Community Youth Leaders helped bring about this change in the community’s mindsets.
Sport for Development sessions are held from Monday to Saturday from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 11 am. Sessions are divided into 3 parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of operation are used for representation only.)