Nand Lal slum, Part-VII, Gopalpur is located in north Delhi and is approximately 25 years old.
Migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are the primary settlers. Daily wage work is the most predominant source of income. Uncertain periods of employment and meagre wages mean that most of the households settled in this area are adversely impacted by poverty.
Magic Bus has been working in this community since 2011. In the last four years, we have given a platform to young leaders within the community resulting in 16 Community Youth Leaders (CYLs) being a part of our programme here. There are 501 children who are a part of our programme.
Vikash studies in the ninth standard and comes from a family of five. Both his parents are daily wage workers with an average monthly income of less than Rs. 5000.
Initially, Vikash would never turn up for sessions on time. On ocassions that he did, Vikash would refrain from playing alongside others. He would simply stand on the sidelines and watch as others played.
With the encouragement of his Youth Mentor, Vikash, started participating in the activities. Once he understood the purpose of playing in a group and felt that it added to the very essence of play, the unusually taciturn 14-year-old turned to be a different person altogether.
Vikash loves playing with others. In the process, he has gained confidence in his own abilities.
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
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.