Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Activity Update May 2016: Navegaon-Nagzira


Our volunteers join Forest Dept. staff in a night patrol
near Mangezari and Kodebarra.

Village children on nature trail organised by us to celebrate
World Biodiversity Day

Volunteers clean water hole in Compartment no.114 

Bodalkasa - Soak pit being dug next to a hand pump

Garadkundi - Village children learn about local plants on nature trail 

Kodebarra - Dr. Burade examines a patient at our free medical camp

Kodebarra - Our volunteer assists in fighting fire in forest 

Umarzari - Volunteers pick up litter in anti-plastic programme

Volunteers clean waterhole in Compartment no.113 

Mukund Dhurve         - Conservation Officer
Jivraj Salam                 - Field assistant
Salimkumar Dhurve    - Field assistant

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 6 patrols
·      6 community assistance voluntary work projects – programmes to clean area next to hand pumps at Bodalkasa, Umarzari, Mangezari, Pitezari, Sodlagondi, Balapur
·      6 programmes to clean water holes in Compartments no.109, 110, 114, 113, 128, 59
·      5 anti-plastic programmes at Umarzari, Koylari, Kodelohara, Balapur, Chorkamara
·      Assisted in fighting fire in forest in buffer area of Kodebarra
·      Organized 6 medical camps in which 102 patients got free treatment
·      Celebrated World Bio-diversity Day on 22nd  May at Mangezari


Our team organized 6 community assistance programmes on May 2, 4,11,14,17 and 19 to clear areas around hand pumps at Bodalkasa, Umarzari, Mangezari, Pitezari, Sodlagondi, and Balapur respectively. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar.

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.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols in Compartment no. 109 and the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadhband on May 1, 10,12,20,21 and 28. Patrolling was intensified after a leopard was spotted on May 1 as officials wanted to monitor its movement and ensure that it was safe from the poachers.
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.   

During the month, our team assisted in fighting a fire in the forest in buffer area of Kodebarra on 15 May.

During the month our team organized 5 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organized on May 4,15,18,20 and 23 at Umarzari, Koylari, Kodelohara, Balapur, Chorkamara villages respectively. Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organized the programmes which were attended by villagers and village eco-development committee (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 4 awareness programmes during May in 4 villages –Thadezari, Koylari, Kodelohara and Lendezari.

On the occasion of World Bio-Diversity day, we organized a programme for school children and eco-development committee (EDC) members from Mangezari. The importance of our bio-diversity and the need to conserve it was explained to the gathering.  A nature trail was organized for the children to help them appreciate the local bio-diversity.


There were no education programmes during May as schools were shut for the annual summer holiday.

 Education van

There were no film shows during the month May as schools were shut for the annual summer holiday.


There were 6 health camps in May at which 102 patients received free treatment.  

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