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Pratap Camp, Jal Vihar

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About Delhi

Pratap Camp in Jal Vihar is an unregulated settlement in South Delhi, near the Lajpat Nagar Station.

There are 200-250 households. Although these are pukka homes, they do not have attached toilets. Residents have to resort to open defecation because of the lack of communal toilets, which makes the living conditions unhygienic.

Water is not supplied to the community owing to its illegal status. The community gets its water supply through water tankers. 

The community is comprised largely of daily-wage labourers, sweepers and other unskilled workers. Children attend the government school nearby.

However, the lack of motivation to attend school has led to rising dropout rates, an issue Magic Bus is hoping to deal with. 

Magic Bus operations in this community were stalled as the government started demolishing the colony because of its unregulated status. But this was halted after only a few homes were razed. Magic Bus resumes its programme at Pratap Camp in Jal Vihar in July 2014. The Training and Monitoring Officer in charge of this community is Irfan Khan. He is assisted by Youth Mentor Kuldeep Singh.

Faces of change

Sport for Development sessions last for two hours each and are divided into three 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 operation are used for representation only.)