- One voluntary work programme to build a soak pit at Khamba village
- One plantation programme at Satosha - 20 saplings planted
- One awareness programme on snakes on the occasion of “Nag Panchami” festival
- Raksha Bandhan festival used to promote conservation at Turia
- Nursery of 100 saplings started at Turia
- 11 environmental education programmes in village schools – attended by 266 students
- 2 nature trails for school children of Turia and Jamuntola
- 12 medical camps at which 380 patients were treated
|Villagers digging the soak pit|
|Water collecting in the completed soak pit|
On August 1, Niranjan Hinge organized an awareness programme about snakes on the occasion of “Nag Panchami”, a festival for snakes. On this day, snakes are worshipped and thanked for their contribution in controlling pests and rodents. However, these days, snakes are viewed with fear and sometimes even non-venomous snakes are killed on sight. Our awareness programme was aimed at sensitizing the villagers about this issue.
|Snake awareness programme|
On August 15, we started a small nursery at our office at Turia. Various seeds and saplings of local trees were prepared. The aim is to encourage children of the village to start a seed bank of the local species and conduct plantations frequently in the area. Above 100 saplings of assorted fruit-bearing trees were prepared, of which 50 were given to children to plant at their schools and homes.
|Children from Jamuntola on a nature and birdwatching trail|
On August 18 and August 22, Niranjan took children from Jamuntola and Turia villages respectively on nature trails. On the trails, he identified common birds and butterflies for the students. He explained the need of conservation of these species.
|Woman worshipping a sapling, Satosha|
Raksha Bandhan is a festival to celebrate the relationship between brothers and sisters. In this festival, the sister ties a rakhi (ornamental thread) to the arm of the brother and he, in turn, promises to protect her. At Turia, we celebrated this festival with a conservation message. Boys painted their faces as tigers and their sisters tied rakhis to them. Villagers actively participated in the event.
|Rakhi celebration at our Turia office|
Environmental Education Programme
|Classroom lecture at Govt Primary School, Potiya|
|Computer practice at Turia|
Mobile Health Unit (MHU)
|Dr Ravi More examines a child at our Turia camp|