Sunday, January 15, 2017

Activity Update November 2016: Kanha


Khujal Das (of Batwar) at his new place of work, Mahua Resort, Mocha

 Bhagpur - Sampathlal Dhurve conducts awareness programme
on water conservation
Chhapri - Path leading to lake, with wild growth impeding access 

Chapri - Youths repair the path and remove wild growth
Chapri - The path leading to the lake after our cleaning programme

Chapri - Site at Motojhodi Nallah before our programme
to build a check dam

Chapri - Volunteers bring materials to build a check dam at Motojhodi Nallah

Chapri - Volunteers pose after building a check dam at Motojhodi Nallah
Chapri - Vegetable patch set up with our help on Sarita Bai Dhurvey's land
Chapri - Vegetable patch set up with our help on Patiram Dhurvey's land

Dhamangaon - Children pick up litter during anti-plastic programme

 Dhamangaon - Village children collect litter during anti-plastic programme
Manegaon - Compost pit being dug in Kasturi Bai's backyard
Manegaon - Site around well  before our programme to clean it
Manegaon - Volunteers remove wild growth from the area around the well
Manegaon - Area around well after our programmeto clean it.
Manegaon- Sampathlal Dhurve conducts environment education
programme in village school
Patpara - Students watch film on nature and wildlife conservation

Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant

·      1 voluntary work programme for water conservation – check dam built at Motojhodi Nallah, Chapri
·      Two voluntary works for community assistance – cleaning of area around well at Manegaon and repair of road leading from Chapri to lake
·      4 compost pits prepared in 4 villages
·      2 anti-plastic programmes in 2 villages
·      3 awareness programmes on vegetable farming and water conservation
·      Environment education  programme conducted in 11 schools - attended by 403 students
·      7 nature and wildlife film shows -- attended by 446 students      
·      4 unemployed youths placed in resorts


In water conservation work, we organised 1 programme to construct a check dam. On November 9, a check dam was constructed at Motojhodi Nallah, around 0.5 km from Chapri village, inside the jungle. Tigers, leopards and sambhar deer are spotted regularly in the area building the check dam. 8 youths and elder villagers joined hands with Amit and Sampath in the programme.

On November 13, 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 5 youths and 4 women from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area.

Another community programme was organised on November 20 in which a road leading to a lake was repaired and cleared of wild growth. Because of the growth and damaged condition of the road, villagers were finding it difficult to reach the lake. After our programme, access is now much improved.

Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilisers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits. During November, we helped 4 villagers dig compost pits – Anita Bai Valkey of Sautiya on November 8, Chaitram Uddey of Samaiya on November 10, Ramfal Baiga of Dhamangaon on November 16, and Kasturi Bai of Manegaon on November 17.   

On November 15, our team organised an anti-plastic programme at Dhamangaon. 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. A 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 organised at Samaiya on November 21.


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

Education van programme

There were 7 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in November.

Livelihood programmes

As part of our programme to reduce pressure on forests, we have been encouraging villagers to take up alternative livelihood options. In Kanha, we have been encouraging villagers to take up vegetable farming as there are several resorts around Mocha and there is a steady flow of tourists who require fresh vegetables. Over the past 2 years, we have assisted around 30 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 3 awareness programmes in November at Manegaon, Bhagpur and Batwar.

Employment Cell

We helped four youths get jobs during the month of November.


No comments: