Sunday, March 13, 2016
Activity Update December 2015: Tadoba
Bandu Kumare – Field assistant
Anti-plastic programmes in 2 villages – at Moharli and at Sitarampeth
· 4 community assistance programmes – common area of village cleaned at Moharli, area round hand pumps cleaned at Bhamdeli and Chorgaon, soak pit cleaned at Kondegaon
· Follow-up to plantation done earlier at Adegaon, Katwal and Kondegaon
· 1 livelihood training programme – 30 youths trained in driving four-wheelers
· Classroom visits to 10 schools as part of environment education programme – attended by 321 students
· Medical camps in 6 villages – 615 patients treated
· 2 visits to check on status of relocated villagers of Jamni and Navegaon
On December 18, Bandu organized an anti-plastic programme at Moharli in which 10 unemployed youths and 30 students participated. Bandu explained the harmful effects of plastic on the environment and the need to keep plastic litter and waste buried so that they aren’t blown by the wind into jungle areas. The team cleared the main road of the village of plastic litter and waste. They also cleared the common area of the village. Photos below.
On December 19, Bandu organized a programme at Bamdeli to clear the area around a hand pump. Water had spilled over while people drew from the well. Over a period of time, this had created a small marshy area, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our team cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug a canal to drain away the water. 2 youths from the village joined Bandu in the programme. A similar programme to clear the area around a hand pump at Chorgaon was organized on December 22. Photo below.
On December 16, Bandu organized a programme to clean a soak pit at Kondegaon which had become clogged with organic waste. Photos below.
On December 14, Bandu organized a programme at Adegaon to follow up on plantation of saplings done last year. This was to ensure that saplings planted during the monsoon are live and have sufficient protection from grazing livestock. 13 students from the village school joined Bandu in the programme. A similar programme was organized on December 16 at Sitarampeth in which 20 students participated and at Kondegaon on December 23 in which 17 students took part. Photo below.
During December, Bandu made 10 classroom visits to speak to students of village schools on various aspects of nature and wildlife conservation.
On December 7, we launched a programme to train youths in driving four-wheelers. The programme, funded by Wildlife Conservation Trust, will help successful candidates in getting jobs as tourist jeep drivers in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve as well as with local transport operators. 30 youths from villages in our area of operations were selected and all have successfully completed their training as well as tests conducted by the Government licensing agency. Photos below.
6 medical camps were organized by us in December.