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Shiv Mandir, Old Jasola village

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About Delhi

Sprawled around an old temple dedicated to the God Shiva sits the cramped slum of Shiv Mandir. Mostly composed of stacked huts built from the hands of community members, the structures are strengthened with bits and pieces of corrugated sheet metal, torn advertisement canvases and tarpaulin sheets. Like other areas in Ali Village where Magic Bus works, the Shiv Mandir slum is also home to blue collar workers, daily wage labourers and domestic workers who make a living from the factories, offices and homes nearby.

As migrants into the Capital, residents here face the worst aspects of the city — lack of any civic facilities such as drainage, toilets, safe, potable water and electricity. This is because Shiv Mandir is an unauthorised slum, which means that the residents here are not supported by nor given basic amenities from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Faces of change

The sessions at Shiv Mandir last for two hours 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.