Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Activity Update October 2016: Kanha


Hari Singh (of Chapri) at Koushalya Resort Mocha, his new place of work

Batwar - Sampathlal Dhurve conducts environment education programme
in village school

Chhapri roadside after our programme to clean it1

Chapri - Saplings being planted

Chapri - Vegetable patches set up with our help on Patiram Dhurvey's land

Chapri - Vegetable patches set up with our help on Sarita Bai Dhurvey's land

Chapri - Youths clean wild growth from area adjoining main road

Dhamangaon- Site around well  before our programme to clean it

Dhamangaon - Team clears wild growth from area around well 

The area around the well after cleaning
Patpara - Compost pit dug in Santo Bai's backyard
Kutwahi plastic trash clean-up drive


Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant

·      Celebrated Wildlife Week programme in villages 
·      2 voluntary work  programmes for community assistance – area next to well cleaned at Manegaon and road site cleaned at Chapri
·      Plantation programme – 1,950 saplings planted in 4 villages 
·      4 awareness programmes on vegetable farming 
·      4compost pits prepared in 3 villages
·      2 anti-plastic programmes 
·      Environment education programme conducted in 10 schools - attended by 424 students
·      4 nature and wildlife film shows -- attended by 337 students 
·      3 unemployed youths get jobs through our Employment Cell


On October 12, Amit and Sampath led a team of 10 people in a programme to clear wild growth around a well at Dhamangaon. Due to heavy rains, wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 7 youths and 3 women from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area.  

On October 16, Amit and Sampath led a team of 16 youths in a programme to clear wild growth from the main road leading into Kursitola. Besides making movement difficult, the wild growth was also providing refuge to snakes and scorpions. Our team cleared away the wild growth, thus reducing the chances of people stepping on snakes and killing them. 

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 October, we helped plant a total of 1,950 saplings in 4 villages. The species planted included mango, kanji, jamun,   sitafal, sisam, bamboo, suababool, and liptis.

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 compost pits. During October, we helped 3 villagers dig compost pits – Ramprasad Aarmo of Batwar on October 17, Sarita Bai of Kutwahi on October 18, Santo Bai of Patpara on October 18 and Gajendra Thakur of Chapri on October 25.    

On October 13, 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 Batwar on October 17. 


During the month our team organized environment education programmes in 11 schools in the villages in our area of operations.

Wildlife Week 2016

Education van programme

There were 4 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in October.

Employment Cell

We helped 3 youths get jobs during the month of October.

Livelihood programmes

As part of our programme to help villagers find alternative livelihood options which will reduce their dependence on forests, we have been encouraging villagers in our area of operations around Kanha, to take up vegetable farming. Due to the presence of several resorts around Mocha and a steady flow of tourists, there is good demand for fresh vegetables. Over the past 3 years, we have assisted around 15 villagers in taking up vegetable farming and they are earning around 500-1,000 rupees a week in additional income. The vegetable patches are typically of small size and located in the backyards of the residences. Some villagers have now got enough confidence to expand and are planning to use part of their farm land for this activity. To encourage more villagers to take up this activity, we conducted four awareness programmes in October at Kutwahi, Batwar, Manegaon and Dhamangaon.

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