Saturday, February 4, 2017

Activity Update December 2016: Kanha

Batwar - Village children pick up plastic litter
during our anti-plastic programme

Employment: Girani Yadav at his new place of work,
Royal Sylvan Resort, Chapri
Check dam built by volunteers near Batwar

 Bhagpur - clearing the area around the well
The area after cleaning
Samaiya - Compost pit dug in Faghu Lal's backyard

Chapri - Vegetable patch being prepared on Maya Bai Dhurvey's property
Chapri - Vegetable patch set up with our help on Sarita Bai Dhurvey's

The full report:

Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant

·      One voluntary work project on water conservation – check dam built at Sunaghat Nallah, Batwar
·      One voluntary work project for community assistance – cleaning of area around well at Bhagpur
·      4 compost pits prepared in 4 villages
·      2 anti-plastic programme in 2 villages
·      3 awareness programmes on water conservation
·      Environment education  programme conducted in 11 schools - attended by 378 students          
·      3 unemployed youths placed in jobs at local resorts

Manegaon- Sampathlal Dhurve conducts an
environment education programme in the village school

On December 11, a check dam was constructed around 2.5 km from Batwar village, inside the jungle. Nilgai and sambhar 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 13 included youths and adult villagers.

On December 18, Amit and Sampath led a team of 11people in a programme to clear wild growth around a well at Bhagpur. Due to heavy rains during the monsoon, wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 10 villagers from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area.

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 December, we helped 4 villagers dig compost pits – Narsingh Uladi of Samaiya on December 12, Faghulal Uddey of Samaiya on December 15, Meera Bai Batti of Kutwahi on December 24, Rama Pusham of Chapri on December 30.   
On December 20, our team organised an anti-plastic programme at Batwar.

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 organised at Sautiya on December 23.


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

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 demand fresh vegetables.

Over the past 3 years, we have assisted around 40 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.

Employment Cell

We helped 3 youths get jobs during the month of December

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