Our team organized 2 community assistance programmes on March 9 and 13 to clear the area around hand pumps at Asalpani and Jambrapani respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in the programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.
|Mangezari - volunteers clear area around a hand pump|
Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the road from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola and Mangezari to Govindtola on March 5, 6, 7 and 8. Patrolling was intensified in the area after a leopard was spotted on March 5 as officials wanted to monitor the movement of the leopard and ensure that it was safe from poachers.
|Day patrol in the buffer zone|
On March 5, 12 and 13, we organized day patrols during which our team cleaned waterholes in Kalagota, Compartment no. 112 and 109 respectively. The water bodies were clogged with organic litter and dust. Our team removed the litter and desilted the water bodies. Photo below.
On March 20, a tourist returning from a wildlife safari informed Salimkumar that he had seen smoke in the forest. (Our office is right on the main road and is visible to anyone who comes to Mangezari from the entry gate to the Tiger Reserve). Salimkumar gathered 4 volunteers from a youth club that we helped set up and that we mentor. This team then set off to fight the fire which was in the jungle in the buffer area around 1 km from Mangezari entry gate. After dousing the fire, our team informed the officials from the Forest Department, who were not present at the time the fire had broken out. Photo below.
On March 12, Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj and 3 students from Zilla Parishad Primary School, Chorkamara, conducted an anti-plastic programme in which they collected plastic and polythene litter from the school campus and Gram Panchayat campus. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.
|Palewada: Mukund Dhurve explains to villagers the impact of buffer zone|
Mangezari: Forest Department officials speak to villagers
about eco-development of their village
|Bhajepar - Mukund Dhurve speaks to students about nature and wildlife|
|Dr Vurade examines a patient at our free camp at Bagadhband|
|Free health camp at Asalpani|