On May 26, Bandu assisted Forest Department staff in fighting a fire on the path leading from Moharli to Junona. Apparently some villagers who had gone into the jungle to drink had dropped a lit beedi which set off the forest fire. Fortunately, the fire was spotted early and did not cause much damage. Forest Guard Golwe and 4 assistants had set off to fight the fire. When Bandu learnt of the incident, he also joined them. Photo below.
During the month, Bandu also organized 2 programmes to raise awareness about forest fires – how they are started off and the need to contain them. He also spoke on the need for conservation. One programme was held at Kondegaon on May 23 in which 16 villagers participated while the second was at Katwal on May 28 in which 14 villagers were present. Below: The programme in Katwal.
In May, Bandu organized 1 community assistance programme to clean the area around a hand pump at Kondegaon. On May 6, 3 unemployed youths from the village joined hands with Bandu in the programme. Water had spilled over while people drew water from the hand pump and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our team cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug a canal to drain away the water.
On May 23, Bandu organized a walk in the forest for the students of Dewada Zilla Parishad Primary School. On the nature walk, in the forest adjoining the village, Bandu taught the students how to spot and identify birds. He also spoke to the children about the importance of nature and wildlife and the need for conservation. 18 students joined Bandu on the nature trail.
There were no film shows in May as schools were shut for the annual summer vacation.