Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Activity Update September 2015: Satpura Tiger Reserve

Team: Ashfaq Aarbi – Conservation Officer
            Hameed Khan – Field assistant                                                        

·      6 water conservation voluntary work projects during the month – built 2 check dams,  2 soak pits dug, 2 water bodies cleaned
·      8 awareness programmes on vermi-compost
·      7 awareness programmes on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
·      Classroom visits to 11 schools as part of our environment education programme – attended by 414 students
·      8 film shows on wildlife and nature conservation - attended by 600 people
·      Organized village meeting for livelihood training in relocated village
·      Organized lantana training programme at relocated village
·      Medical camps in 6 villages - 286 patients treated
·      Visit to check on status of  6 villages which have already been relocated


During September, we organized 6 programmes related to water conservation. 

On September 1, we organized a programme to build a check dam on a stream around 3 km from Matkuli village. The site is known as Matkuli nallah. A team comprising 2 adult villagers, 29 students from Government Higher Secondary School, Matkuli, and Hameed built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit domestic livestock in the day time and wildlife at night. Spotted deer, monkeys and leopards are spotted in the area.

Matkuli check dam

On September 2, we organized a programme to build a check dam on a stream around 2 km from Pisuwa village. A team comprising 8 adult villagers, 9 students from Government Middle Schools, Pisuwa and Hameed built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit domestic livestock in the day time and wildlife at nights. Spotted deer, monkeys and leopards are spotted in the area

On September 3, we organized a programme to dig a soak pit at the Government Middle School (GMS), Tekapar. 10 students from the school joined hands with Hameed in digging the pit, which will take spillover water from a hand pump on the school premises. The pit will help to recharge the water table around the hand pump.

A similar programme was organized at Mehandikheda on September 4.

On September 8, we organized a programme to clean a water body in the jungle around 2.5 km from Chillod village. The water body, which is located in the buffer zone, was covered with leaves and organic litter and animals were finding it difficult to drink. Our team, consisting of field assistant Hameed Khan, 1 adult villager and 18 students from Government Primary School, Chillod, cleared the litter and made the water body accessible to the animals again. Spotted deer are regularly spotted around the water body while there are occasional sightings of sloth bears and leopards. Photos below.

On September 9, a similar programme was organized at Mohgaon to clean a water body in the jungle around 3 km from the village. A total of 9 people participated in this programme, which was led by Hameed Khan.


During the month, our team organized 11 lectures to educate students about nature and wildlife conservation.

Classroom lecture at Mehandikheda

Education Van

During September, our team conducted a total of 8 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation.

Film screening at Chandan Pipariya

Film screening at Mohgaon

Employment Cell
Training programme

Rural Self-Employment Training Institute (RSETI) Hoshangabad organized a programme to train villagers to make products from lantana such as furniture and artefacts. They invited us to send 25 candidates from relocated villages in our area of operations to be trained as carpenters. We identified 25 villagers from Sonpur, Anjandana, and Dhargaon village and sent them for the 15-day programme, which ran from September 9 to 23. The entire cost of the programme is being borne by Rural Self-Employment Training Institute (RSETI), Hoshangabad, and Satpuda Foundation.

Kurshikhapa: candidates learn to make furniture from lantana wood

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

Satpuda Foundation organizes medical camps at which villagers get free treatment and medicines. These camps, whose schedule is set in conjunction with the management of the Tiger Reserve, are run by the Mobile Health Service (MHS) of Satpuda Foundation. There were health camps in 6 villages in September.

Free health camp at Matkuli

Free health camp at Karer

Relocated villages

Ashfaq and Hameed Khan visited the relocated villages of Dhargaon, Nankot, Nayakheda, Jamandhonga, Raikheda, and Mongra during September to follow up on the status of the relocated villagers.

The main issues raised by the villagers related to lack of employment, and a poor approach road. Shri A.K. Mishra, Dep. Director, STR has asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on youths from relocated villages in our livelihood activities.

In September, we submitted a livelihood proposal for unemployed villagers in the relocated villages of Nankot, Nandner, Sonpur, and Parraspani. STR management will approach the concerned government agencies to implement livelihood training programmes under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

Photos below: Sonpur villagers meet to discuss livelihood training programmes

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