|Chapri - plastic bags and litter collected from around the village, being|
buried in a pit
On December 6, our team organized an anti-plastic programme at Manegaon. They explained to the students of the Government Primary School about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The students went around the village, collecting plastic and polythene litter/waste, which were then buried in a pit on the outskirts of the village. Similar programmes were organized at Batwar on December 18 and at Chapri on December 30.
|Batwar - anti-plastic programme|
We also assisted two villagers in preparing vermi-compost tanks as part of our goal to encourage organic farming. Details of the pits are given in the table above.
|Patpara - SF Executive Director Giri Venkatesan inspects a vermi-compost|
tank built with our field team's assistance
During December, our team organized a programme to promote public hygiene and cleanliness as part of our community assistance activities. On December 23, a programme was organized at Chapri at Kursitola in which 9 villagers joined hands with Amit and Sampath to clean the area around a well used to draw drinking water. There was a lot of wild growth and weeds around the well as well as growth on the walls inside the well. This was all cleaned up by the team.
|The well at Chapri before clean-up|
|Wild growth in and around the well before the clean-up programme|
|The well after clean-up|
|Budbudi nallah before the check dam|
|Building the check dam with bags full of sand|
|Water builds up behind the check dam after the project is completed|
We helped four youths get jobs during the month of December.
Chapri - Padam Singh outside the upcoming
resort where he got a job with our help
Our Kanha team has been encouraging local villagers to take up vegetable farming on a commercial basis in a bid to help them generate additional income. There is scope for commercial farming of vegetables due to the large number of hotels and resorts around Kanha.
Patpara - Executive Director Giri Venkatesan
inspects a vegetable patch set up by Shyam Singh with our assistance
From mid-December, Tulsiram Vyam (of Chapri) has been earning Rs 200 weekly from sale of vegetables. Pappu Nanda and Paramanand Nanda (of Kutwahi) have each been earning Rs 300 per week. These earnings represent additional income to them.