Friday, July 7, 2017

Activity Update May 2017: Kanha


Bhagpur - compost pit dug in Sukhwantibai's yard

Dhamangaon - wildlife film screening

Kutwahi - plastic trash clean-up drive

Manegaon - putting up water pots for birds

Manegaon - village children make makeshift water pots for birds

Patpara - Our Field Assistant Sampath with children on a nature trail

Samaiya - soak pit being prepared by villagers

Samaiya - the soak pitb being dug

Sautiya - our Field Assistant Sampath, briefing umemployed young men
about the driving training programme to be conducted by us


Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant
·      1 existing waterhole cleaned
·      Two voluntary work projects for community assistance – area next to hand pumps at Chapri and Patpara cleaned
·      4 awareness programmes on conservation
·      7 compost pits prepared in 5 villages
·      3 anti-plastic programmes
·      Installed water containers for birds in 4 villages
·      3 nature trail programmes
·      7 film shows on nature and wildlife – attended by 221 students
·      2 unemployed youths get jobs with our assistance

During the month, our team organised programmes to clean a waterhole inside the jungle, which had become clogged with organic litter.

On May 9, Sampath led a team of 10 people in a programme to clear wild growth around a well at Samaiya. Wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 6 youths and 4 women from the village, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area and prepared a soak pit.

 A similar programme was organised on May 20 to clear the area next to a well at Dhamangaon.

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 May, we helped 7 villagers dig compost pits – Shyama Bai of Kutwahi on May 6, Sunder Uikey of Patpara on May 7, Dharmendra Patta of Chapri  on May 17,  Sukhwanti Bai of Bhagpur on May 24,  Veer Singh of Patpara on May 26, Rajesh Patta of  Chapri on May 27 and Hari Singh of Manegaon on May 29.   

On May14, our team organised an anti-plastic programme at Kutwahi. 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. 2 similar anti-plastic programmes were organised at Patpara on May18 and Dhamangaon on May22.

With the summer heat at its peak, our team has been motivating villagers to put up containers with water so that birds and small animals can quench their thirst. Around 55 containers were put up in 4 villages in May.


There were no classroom programmes as schools were shut for the annual summer holiday.

Amit and Sampath led children of Patpara, Batwar and Bhagpur on nature trails on May 17, May 23 and May 25 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 May.

Employment Cell

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

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