Thursday, September 29, 2016

Activity Update August 2016: Kanha


Dinesh Kushram at Royal Sylvan Resort, Chapri; his new place of work
 Batwar - Students clear away wild growth
from the main approach road to the school 
Bhagpur - Compost pit being dug in Chetram's backyard

 Chapri - Students plant saplings along the road
Chapri - Villagers plant saplings 
Manegaon - Volunteers clean the well, which was overgrown
with wild vegetation

Patpara - Sampathlal Dhurve conducting
environment education programme

Sautiya - Children bury plastic litter, collected from village

Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant
·      2 voluntary work s for community assistance – school road site area cleaned at Batwar and area next to well cleaned at Manegaon
·      Plantation programme – 750 saplings planted in 3 villages 
·      3 awareness programmes on snake bites
·      3 compost pits dug
·      2 anti-plastic programmes
·      Environment education programme conducted in 11 schools - attended by 348 students
·      2 unemployed youths placed in local jobs


On August 11, Amit and Sampath organized a programme at Middle School at Sarpanchtola in Batwar. The road leading to the school was overgrown with weeds and grass due to the heavy monsoon rains. 25 students from the village joined hands with our team to clean up the school road.

On August 16, Amit and Sampath led a team of 8 people in a programme to clear wild growth around a well at Manegaon. Due to heavy rains, wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 8   youths from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area.

As part of our monsoon activities, our teams across the landscape motivate and organize villagers to collect seeds, prepare saplings and dig pits so that a plantation drive can be launched once the rains set it. During August, we helped plant a total of 750 saplings in 4 villages. The species planted included mango, kanji, jamun,   sitafal, kanher, bamboo.

During August, our team organized 3 awareness programmes on snakes and snake bites. During the monsoon, snakes come out of their pits as these get flooded and there is greater occurrence of humans being bitten by snakes. Our awareness programmes focussed on teaching villagers how to identify venomous and non-venomous snakes. We also explained to the villagers what to do when bitten by snakes. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

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 August, we helped 3 villagers dig compost pits – Deenu Pandrey of Manegaon on August 9, Ramsingh of Dhamangaon on August 16 and Chetram Uikey of Bhagpur on August 22.

On August 26, our team organized an anti-plastic programme at Sautiya. Amit and Sampath spoke to the students of the village school about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The 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 programme was organized at Bhagpur on August 28.


During the month our team organized environment education programmes in 10 schools in the villages in our area of operations.

Education van programme

There were no film shows in August.

Employment Cell

We helped two youths get jobs in August.