Saturday, July 1, 2017

Activity Update April 2017: Kanha


Digging a waterhole for wildlife in the buffer forest

Awareness programme on fire prevention for Womens' Self Help Groups
Bhagpur - Handpump site before our volunteers cleaned it
Volunteers preparing a soak pit
Bhagpur - the completed soak pit
Dhamangaon - wildlife film screening

Manegaon - plastic clean-up drive

Manegaon - Jay Singh Saiyam working in his vegetable patch

Patpara - members of the Womens' Self Help Group
write conservation slogans in prominent areas of the village

Patpara - Sampath our Field Assistant giving a classroom lecture
at the 

Patpara - children provide water for birds in summer


Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant
·      1 waterhole prepared at Kundajhodi  Jhiriya in Batwar
·      Two voluntary work projects for community assistance – area next to hand pump cleaned at Bhagpur and area next to well cleaned at Manegaon
·      3 compost pits prepared in 3 villages
·      5 awareness programmes on forest fires
·      Painting of conservation slogans on walls in 4 villages
·      2 anti-plastic programmes
·      Installed water pots for birds in 2 villages
·      Environment education programme conducted in 6 schools – attended by 156 students
·      8 film shows on nature and wildlife – attended by 301 students
·      2 unemployed youths get jobs with our help

During the month, our team organised programmes to prepare a waterhole inside the jungle at Kundajhodi Jhiriya in Batwar on April 21. Nine villagers joined us in the programme, as a result of which wildlife will now get an additional source of water during the hot summer months. 

On April 21, Sampath led a team of 8 people in a programme to clear wild growth around a hand pump and clean a soak pit at Bhagpur. Wild growth had proliferated around the hand pump and access to the pump was affected. Our team, which comprised 8 youths from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area and soak pit.

A similar programme was organised on April 26 to clear wild growth around a well at Manegaon.

Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilisers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits.

During April, we helped 3 villagers dig compost pits – Naino Bai Saiyam of Kutwahi on April 19, Kalo Bai Uikey of Chapri on April 20, Sanokhi Bai Maravi of Patpara on April 24.     

During the month, Amit organised 5 awareness programmes on forest fires. Fires are a recurring hazard during summers. Sometimes, villagers start fires as they believe that tendu leaves sprout better after such burning. Collection of tendu leaves takes place during April. In our awareness programmes, we explained the dangers that such fires cause to the forest and to wildlife and how they could harm villages if they blazed out of control.

During the month, we arranged for slogans to be painted on walls of houses with help of members of women’s self-help groups (SHGs) in prominent places in 4 villages to promote awareness about conservation.

On April 14, our team organised an anti-plastic programme at Bhagpur. 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 organised at Manegaon on April 28.


During the month, our team organised environment education programmes in 6 schools in the villages in our area of operations.

Education van programme

There were 8 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in April.

Livelihood programmes

As part of our programme to reduce pressure on forests, we have been encouraging villagers to take up alternative livelihood options. In Kanha, we have been encouraging villagers to take up vegetable farming as there are several resorts around Mocha and there is a steady flow of tourists who require fresh vegetables. Over the past 2 years, we have assisted around 30 villagers in taking up vegetable farming and they are earning around 500-1,000 rupees a week in additional income. The vegetable patches are typically of small size and located in the backyards of the residences. Some villagers have now got enough confidence to expand and are planning to use part of their farm land for this activity.

 Employment Cell

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

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