Our team organized 4 community assistance programmes on January 15, 16, 21 and 29 to clear the areas around hand pumps at Wadegaon, Berdipar, Bolunda, and Boatola respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.
Below: Our volunteers cleaning a waterhole in the reserve
Water had spilled over while people drew from the hand pumps and had stagnated, leading to proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. Our teams cleared the area, removing scum and organic growth and dug canals to drain away the water.
Besides our staff, volunteers from a youth club at Mangezari also joined in the patrols. The youth club was set up with our assistance and is mentored by Mukund Dhurve.
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 4 awareness programmes during January in 4 villages – Thadezari, Sodlagondi, Boatola, and Umarzari.
Photos from the Nature Camp:
|Check dam built during the camp|
|Learning to identify scat|
|The participants were students and teachers of six villages|