Thursday, August 4, 2016

Activity Update June 2016: Kanha

Batwar - Team of volunteers cleans waterhole in the  jungle

Batwar- Polythene litter collected in an anti-plastic programme 
Chapri - Nursery being prepared; this will supply
saplings for the plantation programme in monsoon

Dhamangaon- Cleaning of a well in progress

Dhamangaon- Volunteers clean well

Add caption Manegaon - Field assistant Sampathlal Dhurve
briefs village children on a nature trail

Manegaon - Paddy seedling bed prepared with our assistance
using improved farming techniques

Patpara - Amit Awasthi conducts awareness programme on plantation
and improved farming techniques.

Samaiya - Hand pump site after our team cleaned it and dug a soak pit

Samaiya - Hand pump site before our programme

Samaiya - Volunteers clear area around hand pump

Sautiya - Compost pit dug in Ram Singh's backyard 

Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant


·      3 voluntary work projects for community assistance – area next to well cleaned at Chapri and Dhamangaon and area next to hand pump cleaned at Samaiya
·      1 waterhole cleaned at Datlahijhodi Jhiriya in Batwar
·      3 awareness programmes on plantation and  improved farming techniques
·      3 compost tanks prepared in 4 villages
·      Preparation of nursery to supply saplings for plantation programme in monsoon
·      3 paddy seedling beds prepared using improved farming techniques
·      2 anti-plastic programmes
·      2 nature trail programmes
·      8 film shows on nature and wildlife – attended by 280 students
·      2 unemployed youths get jobs through our Employment Cell

In community assistance work, our team organized a programme on June 18 to clean a well at Chapri. Organic litter had accumulated in the well, blown in by the wind.  5 women and 7 male villagers joined Sampath and Amit in the programme in which they removed the litter and de-silted the well.
A similar programme was organized on June 25 at Dhamangaon.

On June 21, Sampath led a team of 9 people in a programme to clear the area around a hand pump at Samaiya. Water had spilled over when people drew water from the pump, and a stagnant pool had formed, leading to the breeding and proliferation of mosquitoes and other insects. Our team, which comprised 3 youths and 6 women from the village, cleaned the area and dug a soak pit to take spill- over water in future.

During the month, our team cleaned one existing waterhole inside the jungle, which had become clogged with organic litter.

Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilizers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits. During June, we helped 3 villagers dig compost pits –Santosh Maravi of Batwar on June 17, Gyan Singh of Manegaon on June 20, and Ram Singh of Sautiya on June 22.  

During the month, our team prepared a nursery which will supply saplings to be used during our plantation drive in the monsoon.

During the month, Amit organized 3 awareness programmes on improved farming techniques to help farmers learn how to improve their yield. During the programmes, the farmers were also taught how to treat seeds before planting. Details of the programmes are given in the table below. 

On June 13, our team organized an anti-plastic programme at Batwar. Amit and Sampath spoke to the villagers about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The team of villagers and students went around the village, collecting plastic and polythene litter/waste, which were then buried in a pit on the outskirts of the village. A similar anti-plastic programme was organized at Bhagpur on June 27.


There were no classroom programmes as schools were shut for the annual summer holiday.
Amit and Sampath led children of Manegaon and Patpara on nature trails on June 13 and June 26 respectively. On the trails, they helped children identify various species of plants and animals and explained the importance of preserving our environment.

Education van programme

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

Employment Cell

We helped 2 youths get jobs during the month of June.


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