Sunday, December 28, 2014

Activity Update November 2014: Pench Maharashtra

Team: Saket Agasti - Assistant Conservation Officer
            Bandu Uikey, Dilip Lanjewar – Field Assistants


·      One check dam built at Ghoti village through voluntary work project
·      One voluntary work project to build a check dam at Khapa
·      One anti-plastic and village cleanliness drive at Ghatpendari
·      One campus cleaning programme at Ghatpendari school
·      Two nature trails held for students of Khapa and Ghatpendari villages
·      Bandu and Dilip joined Forest Department staff on anti-poaching patrols
·      Conducted 13 environment education programmes -- attended by 325 students
·      Five film shows organized in schools – viewed by 235 students
·      Organized 5  medical camps at which 148 patients were treated

·      Organized village meetings at Ambazari, Ghatkukda, Kolitmara to discuss village development issues through Village Eco Development Committee (VEDC)


On November 26, a check dam was built on a stream near Ghoti village by Dilip and 10 villagers. The dam is situated on stream flowing from the forest and this water body will benefit domestic animals in the day and wildlife at night. Water conservation is a top priority this year as the monsoon rains have been below normal. Photos below.

On November 26, Bandu led a team of 32 villagers, students from Ghatpendari to clean plastic litter from the common areas of the village. A rally was also organized in the village to promote awareness among the villagers about the dangers of dumping litter carelessly. Photo below.

On November 7, Bandu organized a programme to clean the school campus at Ghatpendari. 17 students and Head Master Mr. Babulal Dhurve of the village’s Zilla Parishad Primary School cleared the plastic and other litter from the campus. Stagnant water near the campus was drained away, reducing the dangers of water-borne diseases.

On November 8, a village eco-development committee (VEDC) meeting was organized to discuss local issues of the villagers at Ghatkukda. In the meeting VEDC members and Bandu discussed various issues with the villagers.

Similar meetings were organized at Salai, Ambazari and Kolitmara.

On November 5 and 23, Dilip joined VEDC members and Forest Department staff on patrols near Khapa and Wagholi respectively. The team patrolled the borders of the villages. No illegal activity was detected on these patrols.

Bandu joined similar patrols on November 16 and 12 at Kolitmara Beat and Ghatpendari Beat of West Pench Range respectively.

On November 23, Bandu took students of Ghatpendari on a nature trail, where he spoke to them about birds and insects. He spotted various birds and butterflies on the trail for them. They also came across a non-venomous snake on the trail.

Dilip took 12 children from Khapa on a similar nature trail on November 16.

Environmental Education Programmes

In November, we visited 13 schools to conduct programmes on environment conservation in schools in our area of operations.

Dilip speaks to children of Khapa 

Dilip with Pipariya children

Pipariya: children learn how all life is connected, through a nature game

IT Education Programme

Satpuda Foundation has been running a programme to introduce computers to children living in the remote villages adjoining Pench Tiger Reserve in both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Foundation has installed computers in 3 villages and hired a local trainer to impart computer skills to the children. In Maharashtra, this programme is being implemented in Sawara, with computers provided by us, and in Pipariya, using the school’s computers.

Recently, SF provided a tablet computer to the programme. Photo below.

Employment Cell

There were no training programmes or placements in November.

Ghoti: a meeting with village women to explain the benefits
of Self Help Groups (SHGs)

Education Van Programme

There were 5 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in November. 235 students saw these films.

Mobile Health Unit (MHU)

There were 7 medical camps held in November in which 148 patients were treated.

Medicines being distributed at our free health camp, Ghatkukda

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