Team: Amit Awasthi – Conservation Officer
In water conservation work, we organized 2 programmes to construct check dams on streams. On December 12, a check dam was constructed at Choupan jhodi nallah, near Bhagpur village, inside the jungle. Nilgai and sambar are spotted regularly in the area and our team found fresh pug marks of a leopard at the site while building the check dam. The team of 14 included members of Sithala and Sharda women’s self-help groups, youths and elder villagers.
Below: The check dam near Bhagpur
|The check dam at Chhapri|
On December 18, Amit and Sampath led a team of 11people in a programme to clear wild growth around a well at Manegaon. Due to rains during the monsoon, wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 6 youths and 5 students from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area. Photos below.
Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilizers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits. During September, we helped 2 villagers dig compost pits – Sarvan Saiyam of Kutwahi on December 14 and Aashdu Uladi of Bhagpur on December 20 (photo below).
On December 10, our team organized an anti-plastic programme at Kutwahi. Amit and Sampath spoke to the villagers 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. A similar anti-plastic programme was organized at Bhagpur on December 20. Photo below: Kutwahi
Education van programme
Photos below: Dharam Markham and Mugiya Bai in their vegetable plots, Kutwahi
|Dayal Maravi at Royal Sylvan Resort, Chhapri|
|Golu Markam at Royal Sylvan Resort, Chhapri|