|Our free health camp at Khamrith: Dr Zanzal examines a patient|
|Employment Cell: Our Conservation Officer Mandar Pingle addressing|
young villagers who completed the 4-wheeler driving course
|Our Field Assistant Kamlesh Pawar, talking to students |
on World Earth Day
|Satosha - villagers clean the water trough for livestock|
|Satosha - villagers with water pots for birds|
THE FULL REPORT
On April 3, Kamlesh organised a voluntary work programme to prepare a soak pit near a hand pump on the school campus in Dewari village. 10 villagers including some children, volunteered to prepare the soak pit. Kamlesh had earlier explained to the villagers the importance of water conservation and need to improve ground water level with the help of soak pits. The villagers prepared the soak pit near a hand-pump from which the excess water now percolates into the ground effectively.
On April 3, Niranjan along with 4 children of Turiya village installed water pots in their village for birds during the summer season. Niranjan motivated the children to regularly fill up the water pots with so that the birds can drink water during dry summer season. Immediately after the pots were installed, the children were able to spot various birds like bulbuls, sunbirds, shrikes, sparrows, magpie robins etc enjoying themselves at the water pots.
Similar programmes were organised by Niranjan on April 26 in Durgapur village and by Kamlesh on April 26 at Thuyepani village.
In April, Niranjan Hinge repaired 2 inoperative biogas units in Turiya village. Biogas helps reduce the dependency of villagers on fuel wood from forest areas and also reduces health risks as less smoke is generated.
In April, we organised a total of 5 nature trails for the children of Aamajhiri, Khamba, Pulpuldoh, Doodhgaon and Thuyepani villages. On the trails, our staff spoke to the children about the various local plants and common medicinal uses of those plants. They were also taught how to spot and identify birds. The importance of birds in nature was also explained to the children.
On April 22, Satpuda Foundation organised various programmes to celebrate Vishwa Vasundhara Diwas (World Earth Day) in buffer areas of Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Niranjan Hinge organised a meeting with villagers of Khamba to discuss various issues pertaining to soil, water and forest conservation. He also spoke to the villagers about organic farming practices. Niranjan also installed water pots for birds along with 5 children of the village.
Kamlesh Pawar celebrated the day at Ashok Leyland Driver’s Training and Research Institute in Linga near Chhindwara. We had identified and sent 28 students to the institute to be trained in driving 4- and 6-wheeled vehicles.
During April, we helped 2 youths get jobs with local resorts.
We held 6 medical camps in April, in which 165 patients were treated.