Friday, April 28, 2017

Activity Update February 2017: Navegaon-Nagzira


We helped unemployed villager Devchand Madavi buy this cart -
now he sells vegetables in four villages!

Mangezari plastic litter clean-up drive

Dr Bhasme examines a patient at our free health camp at Alezari

Our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve speaking to students
of Bolunda school about nature conservation

Volunteers clear a jungle waterhole

Another waterhole cleaned by our volunteers

Volunteers patrol Compartment 114 with us and the forest staff 
Mangezari - tree guards put up by us to protect saplings planted last year
Mangezari - volunteer watering saplings


Mukund Dhurve         - Conservation Officer
Jivraj Salam                 - Field assistant
Salimkumar Dhurve    - Field assistant

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 5 patrols
·      3 programmes to clean water holes in Compartments no.114, 56, 109
·      6 community assistance voluntary work programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Kuradi, Boatola, Sodlagondi, Mangezari Bagadband and Umarzari
·      6 anti-plastic programmes at Kuradi, Boatola, Sodlagondi, Mangezari, Bagadband and Umarzari
·      Organised 5 education programmes in schools focusing on eco –friendly Holi celebration -793 students attended
·      Conducted medical camps in 6 villages at which 119 patients got treatment


Our team organised 3 programmes in February to clean water holes in Compartments 114, 56, 109. The water holes were covered in organic scum and litter, making it difficult for wildlife to drink.

Our team also organised 6 community assistance programmes in February to clear areas around hand pumps at Kuradi, Boatola, Sodlagondi, Mangezari Bagadband and Umarzari. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar. Details of the programmes are given in the table above. Water had spilled over while people drew from the hand pumps and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our teams cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug canals to drain away the water.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadband and in Compartment no. 108, on February 6, 10, 11, 16, and 21. Besides our staff, volunteers from a youth club at Mangezari also joined in the patrols. The youth club was set up with our assistance and is mentored by our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve.       

During the month, our team organised 6 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on February 2, 5, 7, 12, 17 and 21 at Kuradi, Boatola, Sodlagondi, Mangezari, Bagadband and Umarzari villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organised the programmes which were attended by villagers and village eco-development committee (VEDC) members. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.

The Government of Maharashtra has issued the buffer zone notification for the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve. Following this, doubts have sprung up in the minds of villagers as to how they will be affected by the notification. Due to the doubts, some villagers are opposing the notification. To clear these doubts and misgivings, we organised a total of 3 awareness programmes during February in 3 villages – Boatola, Sodlagondi and Thadezari.


There were 5 education programmes during February 2017.

Employment Cell activities

Our team gave financial assistance to a villager, Devchand Madavi, to buy a cart which he uses to sell vegetables in 4 villages. Thanks to our assistance, this villager who was unemployed now earns Rs 1500 rupees per month. He is confident of increasing this income in the coming months.  

On February 22, we held a meeting at Mangezari at which villagers were given information about livelihood development programmes run by Star Swayam Rozgar Kendra, Gondia. This is an institute run by Bank of India which provided free training to people to develop livelihood skills.

We are planning to organise a programme jointly with Star Swayam Rozgar Kendra to train villagers in making bangles and other products from lac taken from trees located in fields and villages.


There were 6 health camps in February 2017.

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