On August 28, Anoop and Niranjan led 5 villagers and 13 students from Awarghani village to prepare a soak pit which will take the spill-over water from the hand pump on the school campus. They explained the purpose of the soak pit to the participants. A similar programme was organized on August 20 by Kamlesh at Kundai village with the help of 10 participants. Photo below.
In August, we organised a total of 13 nature trails for the children of Teliya, Kohoka, Satosha, Turia, Khamba, Ambadi, Jamuntola, Aamajhari, Teliya, Chirrewani, Kundai, Bisanpur and Tuyepani villages. On the trails, our staff spoke to the children about the various plants and common medicinal uses of those plants. They were also taught how to spot and identify birds. The role of birds in nature was also explained to the children.
|Turia nature trail|
|Tuyepani - about to set off on a nature trail|
Our team organized and assisted the Forest Department in implementing a plantation programme under the Biodiversity Conservation Rural Livelihood Improvement Programme (BCRLIP). During August, we helped the Forest Department distribute 1,610 saplings in Khamarpani and 1,200 saplings in Tuyepani. Species of the saplings distributed included bhel, eucalyptus, jamun, bamboo and karanj.
|Plantation of seeds at Awarghani|
|Planting saplings at Bisanpur|
|Free saplings for villagers at Tuyepani through the BCRLIP|
|Free saplings at Khamarpani|
We assisted the Education Department in organizing an Independence Day programme in Tuyepani village. A rally with a conservation message was organized and 155 students participated. Photo below.
On August 19, Nag Panchami was celebrated. On this occasion people worship snakes. Farmers also stay away from their fields on this day to avoid any incident with snakes. We used the occasion to promote awareness about venomous and non-venomous snakes, how to identify them and what to do in case of a snake bite. Photos below.
|A meeting for the Biodiversity Conservation Rural Livelihoods Improvment|
On August 27, Anoop participated in a meeting on ‘’Garbage Management in buffer area of Pench”. The meeting was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of Janpad Panchayat, Kurai, Mr. Khushram and Sarpanches of Turia and Kohoka, around 21 managers of local resorts and members of the Gram Panchayat. The meeting decided that each resort would contribute 80 rupees per room per month towards garbage management. This amount will be given to the Gram Panchayat, Turia. Photo of the meeting below.
|Turia: meeting on garbage management|
The resorts have agreed to segregate their waste into 3 categories – bio-degradable, non-degradable and waste comprising glass and metal. Turia Gram Panchayat will send a vehicle twice a week to collect the garbage. The degradable waste will be converted into compost while the other two varieties will be kept in tanks and sent to urban centres for recycling in bulk.
|Kamlesh talking to students at Tuyepani|
|Turia: Anoop speaks to candidates selected for training as nature guides|
|Members of Shrushti SHG packing pickles for sale|
Education Van Programme
|Durgapur free health camp|
|Telia: Dr Abhishek Pathak treating a child with an injury|