Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Activity Update September 2017: Pench Madhya Pradesh


Compost pit being dug in Ambadi

Field Assistant Niranjan teaching village women's Self-Help Group
to make envelopes from old newspapers

Field Assistant Kamlesh giving a talk to students about nature conservation-

Candidates for the driving course, at Ashok Leyland Driving Institute,

Niranjan talking to students in Teliya Middle School


Team: Mandar Pingle – Conservation Officer
            Bandu Uikey – Conservation Officer
            Niranjan Hinge, Kamlesh Pawar – Field Assistants

  • One check dam built
  • Three compost pits prepared
  • Organised rally with conservation message; anti plastic drive
  • 4 nature trails – attended by 41 students
  • Observed World Ozone Day in Khamarpani – 34 students attended
  • Organised meeting in Khamarpani for unemployed youths regarding driver’s training programme– 133 youths attended
  • Organised meeting and training for unemployed women from Durgapur to help start self help group – 15 women attended session
  • 13 environment education lectures – attended by 435 students
  • 6  medical camps at which 311  patients were treated


On September 22, Niranjan led 8 villagers of Ambadi village in a programme to construct a compost pit. The villagers volunteered and prepared the pit after Niranjan explained to them that they will be able to make use of the organic compost produced in their farms free of cost.

Niranjan also explained the villagers the proper procedure for preparing eco-friendly organic compost using degradable house and farm waste.

Niranjan organised a second similar voluntary work project on September 18 in Ambadi for which 5 villagers volunteered.

Kamlesh organised a similar programme in Kundai village on September 15 during which 12 students of Government Middle School volunteered. Kamlesh explained to them that the organic waste in the school premises can now be turned into compost free of cost.

On September 29, Kamlesh organised a voluntary work project programme in Mohgaon (Khurd) village to construct a temporary check dam on a stream located near a farm some distance from the village settlements. The stream provides drinking water to wildlife during the night and is used for agricultural purposes. By building the check dam, the water will be available for a longer duration and will thus serve both the farmers as well as wildlife. Kamlesh also explained to the farmers the need to construct more such check dams in order to retain water and silt.

On September 12, Kamlesh organised a rally in Doodhgaon in which 40 students and teachers of the village’s Government Middle participated. Before the start of the rally, Kamlesh spoke to the students about the harm of plastic litter on human health as well as the environment. Kamlesh urged the students to try and reduce the use of plastic and keep their surroundings clean from plastic waste. The students then joined Kamlesh in a rally and raised slogans to spread this message to other villagers. The students also picked up plastic trash along the main road passing through the village and their school premises.

In September, a total of 4 nature trails were organised by Kamlesh and Niranjan for the children of Mohgaon, Doodhgaon, Thuyepani and Khamba villages. On the trails, our staff spoke to the children about the various plants and common medicinal uses of those plants. They also spotted and identified local birds along the trail and explained their role in nature.

During the month, Kamlesh Pawar and Niranjan Hinge organised plantation programmes in three villages. Kamlesh assisted Thuyepani Gram Panchayat in planting 50 saplings of local tree species like amla, tamarind, mahua, neem etc in the school premises with the help of students and teachers. Niranjan planted a total of 22 saplings of mango prepared from the seeds collected by the village children. Niranjan, along with 5 villagers, planted the saplings near farm boundaries.

On September 16, Kamlesh, along with 34 students and teachers of Government Middle school, Khamarpani, celebrated World Ozone Day. On the occasion, Kamlesh, along with the teachers, arranged a classroom session for the students. During the session, Kamlesh explained the concept of ozone depletion and reasons for depletion of the ozone layer. He further informed the students about the harm of ozone layer depletion and asked the students to become conscious consumers and shun use of products which contribute to ozone layer depletion.

Environmental Education Programme

There were 19 environment education programmes in classrooms during September.

Employment Cell  

On September 27 and 28, a meeting was organised by Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, Satpuda Foundation, Ashok Leyland Driver Training Institute, Linga (Chhindwara) and Wildlife Conservation Trust which was attended by a total of 133 youths from villages of Khamarpani buffer area of Priyadarshini Pench Tiger Reserve. During the meeting, the youths were provided information about a month-long residential training course for four-wheeler drivers at Ashok Leyland Driver Training Institute located in Linga near Chhindwara. The cost of lodging and boarding will be borne by Madhya Pradesh Forest Department while the candidates will have to bear the expenses for procurement of licenses. SDO Mrs Bharati Thakare, RFO Mr Jatav, RO Mr Patvari from Madhya Pradesh Forest Department were present at the meeting.

On September 25 and 26, Niranjan organised a meeting for 15 women from Durgapur village and gave them information on how to set up self-help groups (SHGs). These women collect non-timber forest produce like mahua flowers as a source of income. In order to reduce their dependency on forests for livelihood, Niranjan advised them to start a self-help group. Niranjan trained them to prepare envelopes and bags from waste paper. He also briefed them on the opening of bank accounts and managing the income of the group.

Mobile Health Unit (MHU)

We held 6 medical camps in September, in which 311 patients were treated.

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