Our team organized 4 community assistance programmes on December 2, 19, 20 and December 23 to clear the areas around hand pumps at Pindkepar, Kodebarra, Jindatola and Govindtola respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.
|Soak pit at Mangezari|
|Cleaning waterhole in Compartment 109|
Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadhband, Compartment no. 109 and Compartment no. 110 on December 1, 3, 4, 18, 21, and 28. Patrolling was intensified after a leopard was spotted on December 2 as officials wanted to monitor their movement and ensure it was safe from poachers. One cow was killed, reportedly by the leopard, in one of the areas.
|At Compartment 57|
During the month, our team organized 4 anti-plastic programmes to clear polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organized on December 9,17,24,29 at Boatola, Chorkamara, Boatola and Mangezari respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organized the programmes which were attended by villagers and VEDC members. The plastic litter has been kept in our Mangezari office and will be sent to Tiroda for recycling.
The Government of Maharashtra has issued the buffer zone notification for the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve. Following this, doubts have sprung up in the minds of villagers as to how they will be affected by the notification. Due to the doubts, some villagers are opposing the notification. To clear these doubts and misgivings, we organized a total of 5 awareness programmes during December in 4 villages – Boatola, Pitezari, Umarzari, and Bodalkasa.
|Mukund Dhurve discussing local issues with villagers at Mangezari|
Employment Cell activities
|Dr Zanjad at our free health camp at Bagadhband|
|Free health camp at Kodebarra|