Mess, Khyber Pass, is located in Majnu ka Tila in the northern part of Delhi, India. The settlement comprises of migrants from neighbouring states who had moved to Delhi 30 years ago in search of a livelihood. Even after 30 years, most of the residents are daily wage labourers with uncertain wages and gruelling hours of work. Employment opportunities for the next generation is bleak making them vulnerable to substance abuse and alcoholism.
Magic Bus started working in this community in 2011. Some of the issues that it is addressing in the community pertains to:
At present, the programme reaches out to 200 children in this area.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Magic Bus' sessions 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.
Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.