Thursday, January 19, 2017

Activity Update November 2016: Satpura Tiger Reserve


Check dam being built at Matkuli nallah

Volunteers build check dam at Matkuli nallah

Check dam built at Matkuli nallah
Aaditoriya - Dr. Burade examines patient at our free medical camp

Almod Bagholi - Lantana products made by villagers through our
Employment Cell training programme

Almod Bagholi - Villagers learn to make products from lantana 

Volunteers clean a water body in the jungle

Volunteers clean a water body in the jungle

Nature Education - Matkuli - Students watch a film on nature and wildlife 

Mehandikheda - Field assistant Hameed Khan talks about
nature and wildlife to students at the village school

Pachmarhi - Our Conservation Officer speaks about
alternative livelihood options 

Pisuwa - Field assistant Hameed Khan speaks to students
about conservation on a nature trail 

Team: Ashfaq Aarbi – Conservation Officer
            Hameed Khan – Field assistant                                                        

·      9 water conservation voluntary work programmes during the month –2 check dams built, 5 water bodies cleaned and 2 soak pits dug
·      10 awareness programmes on vermi compost
·      Classroom visits to 13 schools as part of our environment education program – attended by 781  students
·      5 films shows on wildlife and nature conservation - attended by 444 children
·      Medical camps in 6 villages -    65 patients treated
·      Organised lantana training at Almod
·      Organised village meeting for livelihood training at Almod
·      One day NRLM awareness programme at Pachmarhi
·      Visit to check on status of  8 villages which have already been relocated


During November, we organised 9 programmes related to water conservation. 

On November 22, we organised a programme to clean a water body in the jungle around 3.5 km from Chakar village. The water body was covered with leaves and organic litter. Our team, consisting of our field assistant Hameed Khan, 1 teacher and 15 children from Government Primary School, Chakar cleared the litter and made the water body accessible to animals again. Spotted deer are regularly spotted around this water body while there are occasional sightings of sloth bears, wild dogs, gaur and leopards.

Similar programmes were organised at Jhiriya, Matkuli, Jhirpa and Almod on November 22, 23 and 24.

On November 23, we organised a programme to build a check dam on a stream around 2 km from Matkuli village. The site is known as Matkuli Nallah. A team comprising 10 adult villagers, 22 students from Government Higher Secondary School, Matkuli and Hameed built the dam. The resultant water body will benefit domestic livestock in the day time and wildlife at nights. Spotted deer, monkeys and leopards are spotted in the area.

A similar programme was organised at a different spot on the same stream on November 23.

On November 25, we organised a program to dig a soak pit at the Government Primary School (GPS), Chillod. A team comprising 1 teacher and 13 students joined hands with Hameed in digging the pit, which will take spillover water from a hand pump on the school premises. The pit will help to recharge the water table around the hand pump.

A similar programme was organised at Government Middle School, Tekapar on November 25.


During the month, our team organised 13 lectures to educate students about nature and wildlife conservation.

Education Van

During November, our team conducted a total of 5 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation.

Employment Cell - Training programme

Satpuda Foundation and Satpuda Tiger Reserve jointly organized a skill development programme to train villagers to make products from lantana such as furniture and fancy items. They invited us to send 15 candidates from villages in our area of operations to be trained as carpenters. We identified 15 villagers from Bagholi village and sent them for the 10-day programme, which ran from November 15 to 24.

Livelihood awareness programme- BCRLIP villages

Shri A.K. Mishra, Joint Director, STR has asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on villages covered by the Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Project (BCRLIP) such as Almod, Barud and Kukarpani villages in our livelihood activities. In November, we submitted project proposals for villagers of Almod, Barud and Kukarpani for bee-keeping, bag making, pickle processing and poultry farming. STR management will approach the concerned government agencies to implement livelihood training programmes under BCRLIP.

One day National Rural Livelihood Mission awareness workshop

Assistant Project Officer of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) Zilla Panchayat, Hoshangabad has asked Satpuda Foundation to focus on tribal villages in our livelihood activities. On November 28, we participated in a one-day workshop on opportunities offered by NRLM.

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

Satpuda Foundation organizes medical camps at which villagers get free treatment and medicines. These camps, whose schedule is set in conjunction with the management of the Satpuda Tiger Reserve, are run by the Mobile Health Service (MHS) of Satpuda Foundation.

There were health camps in 6 villages in November.

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