Block D, Nand Nagri is a section of a larger community located in the eastern side of Delhi.
Unlike other blocks in Nand Nagri, Block D is marked by abject poverty and a glaring lack of even basic amenities like water or a proper drainage system. Unemployment is rampant with residents resorting to petty jobs to take care of their daily sustenance. A major problem, notwithstanding, the most insurmountable one facing Magic Bus was the high prevalence of substance abuse and addiction among the youth in the community.
Magic Bus started working in this community from June 2014 with 21 children (9 boys and 12 girls).
12-year-old Manish tells us his story in his own words.
"Everybody would call me a shararati bachcha (naughty child). I could not understand why they would call me that because all I wanted was to get their attention. I did not want to use abusive language but then that is what I heard around me. This made me very angry and would make me fight. That is when I met Sonu Bhaiya (Magic Bus Community Youth Leader). He understood me. He spoke to me like no one had done before. He was so patient and friendly that I would agree to everything he would say. He asked me to be polite towards people so that they could understand what I had to say. He would encourage me to play in a team and appreciated me no matter how well or badly I played. His attitude towards me made me change my behaviour towards others. Today I obey everyone, my teachers, my parents and my siblings too."
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Sessions are divided into 3 parts:
(Photographs from Magic Bus areas of intervention are used for representation only.)