Friday, June 5, 2015

Activity Update March 2015: Tadoba


·      Assisted in fighting fires in forest twice – near Adegaon and Junona
·      1 community assistance programme – area around hand pump cleaned at Kondegaon
·      2 community assistance voluntary work projects – common areas of village cleaned at Adegaon and Bhamdeli
·      One programme to clean soak pit at Moharli
·      Anti-plastic programme at Sitarampeth
·      Follow-up to plantation done earlier at Chorgaon, Khutwanda and Adegaon
·      Fire awareness programme in 1 village – at Moharli
·      Drawing competitions on World Forestry Day for students in 2 villages – at Katwal and Mudholi
·      Classroom visits to 10 schools as part of environment education programme – attended by  251 students
·      Film shows on wildlife conservation in 7 village schools – attended  by 357 students
·      Medical camps in 6 villages – 187 patients treated
·      2 visits to check on status of relocated villagers of Jamni and Navegaon   


Bandu helped fight forest fires on two occasions in March.

On March 26, our team was on its way to Adegaon to screen a movie on wildlife and nature conservation as part of our education/awareness programmes in the village. Around 0.5 km before the village, the team saw flames and smoke in the forest and went to investigate. They saw clumps of bamboo and undergrowth on fire. The team put out the fire and proceeded towards the village, but around 100 metres further down the road they saw another, larger fire. As this was a larger one the team informed the Forest Department about it and the Department’s staff then doused the fire.

On March 31, Bandu saw a fire in the jungle adjoining the road from Junona to Dewada. Forest Department staff were already fighting the fire and Bandu joined them.

Fire at Adegaon

Fire at Junona

Moharli: Bandu speaks to Village Eco Development Committee
members on forest fire prevention and community patrolling

On March 12, Bandu organized a programme at Adegaon to clear the common area and main road of the village. 13 women, 2 teachers and 20 students from the village joined Bandu in the programme. A similar programme was organized on March 16 at Bhamdeli in which school staff and students from the village participated.

On March 9, Bandu organized a programme at Kondegaon to clear the area around a hand pump. Water had spilled over while people drew from the well. Over a period of time, this had created a small marshy area, 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. 3 youths from the village joined Bandu in the programme.

On March 10, Bandu organized a programme to clear a soak pit at Moharli. The pit was clogged with organic waste and was overflowing. Bandu and 15 students of the village’s primary school cleaned the pit, drained the water away and lined the bottom of the pit with sand and gravel.

On March 11, Bandu organized an anti-plastic programme at Sitarampeth in which 21 students participated. Bandu explained the harmful effects of plastic on the environment and the need to keep plastic litter and waste buried so that they aren’t blown by the wind into jungle areas. The team cleared the main road of the village of plastic litter and waste. They also cleared the common area of the village.

On March 4, Bandu organized a programme at Chorgaon to follow up on plantation of saplings done last year. This is to ensure that saplings planted during the monsoon survive and have sufficient protection from grazing livestock. 13 students from the village school joined Bandu in the programme. Similar programmes were organized on March 20 at Khutwanda, in which 16 students participated, and on March 24 at Adegaon in which 14 students participated.

To celebrate World Forestry Day on March 21, Bandu organized drawing contests for the students of Zilla Parishad Upper Primary School, Katwal in which 26 students participated; and Zilla Parishad Primary School, Adegaon, in which 15 students participated. Photos below.

Environment Education

During March, Bandu made 10 classroom visits to speak to students of village schools on various aspects of nature and wildlife conservation.

Nature education game for students at Dewada

Education Van

There were 7 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in March.

Film screening at Mudholi school


6 medical camps were organized by us in March.

Dr Dhiraj Tapare at our free health camp at Dewada
Health camp at Sitarampeth

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