Friday, July 13, 2018

Activity Update May 2018: Tadoba


Field Assistant Kishor surveys young villagers interested in
skill-development programmes

Kishor talking to the VEDC and Gram Panchayat members
about human-wildlife conflict and crop damage
Kishor discussing grazing issues and fodder plantation with villagers
at Katwal

Katwal - village children on a conservation awareness rally

Katwal - villagers on a cleanliness drive
Khutwanda - children playing a nature game during our environment
education class

Khutwanda children preparing saplings for plantation later in the season

A nature trail with Khutwanda children
to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

Mudholi - conservation awareness rally

Free health camp at Sitarampeth
Drawing competition in Mudholi on World Migratory Bird Day

Conservation Officer: Mr. Ajay Poddar
Field Assistant: Mr. Kishor Dudhbarai
Highlights of the month:
·      3 anti-plastic drives and programmes to prevent man-animal conflict - 96 villagers participated
·      100 saplings prepared - 9 children participated
·       2 women’s SHG meetings were organised - 22 members attended
·      5 VEDC meetings were organised - 91 members attended
·      Celebrated important days in green calendar: World Migratory Bird Day, World Recycling Day and World Biodiversity Day
·      Medical camps in 6 villages - 375 patients treated


On May 12th, 16th and 30th, we organised cleanliness and anti-plastic programmes with villagers and students of Zilla Parishad (ZP) school of Katwal, Khutwanda and Bhamdeli village. Programmes were organised to clean the areas in and around the villages and around the hand pumps and wells as they choke the drainage. Wild growth and litter provide shelter to snakes and scorpions and attract scavengers.
On May 30th, we prepared 100 saplings of species like Bahera, Chinch, Babul, Neem etc. with the help of local children. 9 children from Khutwanda village participated in the preparation of the saplings. The saplings are stored in Zilla Parishad School’s campus and will be planted during the monsoon.
World Migratory Bird Day: On May 14th and 15th, we organised programmes to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2018. These included activities like bird watching, nature trail, classroom lecture and drawing competition.  Children from Mudholi and Khutwanda villages participated in the programmes and learned about migration of birds. A total of 35 children participated in the activities.
International Day of Biodiversity: On May 23rd, we organised classroom lectures, presentation and biodiversity conservation awareness rally in Mudholi village. Children learned about floral and faunal diversity of central Indian landscape through the activities. Children chanted slogans in Marathi during the rally like “Vagh Vachwa, Jungle Vachwa” “Ek Mul, Ek Jhaad” etc. A total of 70 students participated in the activities.
World Recycling Day:  On May 17th, we organised an anti-plastic drive and awareness rally about recycling and its importance. More than 40 children participated in the programme, which was held in Katwal village.

Employment Cell

We organised 2 Self-Help Group (SHG) meetings and 5 Village Eco-Development Committee (VEDC) meetings, focusing on alternative livelihoods which would reduce dependence on the forests. 113 villagers attended these meetings.
In the VEDC meetings, we discussed and explained short- and long-term benefits of fodder plantation, cattle stall feeding to reduce grazing pressure on forest areas. We also discussed and encouraged farmers to adopt organic farming. 

We introduced the villagers to district-level vocational training and employment schemes like four-wheeler driver training and hospitality courses under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojna (DDUGKY) etc.
Details of the programmes are given below:

Mobile Health Unit:
Team:  Dr. Govardhan Bhasme, MHU driver: Mr. Gajendra Shanware, MHU coordinator: Mr. Shailendra Shanware
6 camps were organised by us in May in which a total of 375 patients got free treatment and medicines.