In community assistance work, our team organized two programmes during the month to clean areas around hand pumps. The first one was organized on April 9 at Batwar where there was substantial water stagnation due to water spilt when villagers filled up buckets and vessels from the hand pump. This had created a small marsh and water was spreading to the village road. Insects were also breeding in the water, creating a health hazard. In our programme, 3 students, 3 women and 5 villagers from Batwar joined Amit and Sampath in digging a canal which will drain the marsh and take the spillover water to a soak pit. Photos below.
During the month, Amit also organized 3 awareness programmes on forest fires, vermi-compost and seeds treatment. Details are given in the above table. Photo below.
During the month, our team organized a programme to dig/create a new waterhole. We also organized programmes to clean 2 existing waterholes inside the jungle, which had become clogged with organic litter.
Photos below: waterhole dug at Chhapri
Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilisers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up compost and vermi-compost tanks. During April, we helped Bhagal Singh of Batwar and Bharat Valko of Sautiya to set up a vermi-compost tank each.
|Sautiya: Vermi-compost tank at Bharat Valko's house|
On April 12, our team organized an anti-plastic programme at Kutwahi. Amit and Sampath spoke to the villagers of the village about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The team of villagers and students went around the village, collecting plastic and polythene litter/waste, which were then buried in a pit on the outskirts of the village. Another anti-plastic programme was organized at Patpara on April 17. Photos of the Patpara clean-up drive below.
|Sampathlal conducting a nature education programme at Kutwahi|
|Pramod Aarmo, who got a job at Krishna Jungle Homes|