Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Activity Update July 2017: Navegaon-Nagzira


Our free health camp at Kodebarra
Dr Zanzal at our free health camp at Kodebarra

Community members on jungle patrol with Forest Department staff

Village volunteers on night patrol near Mangezari

Kodebarra - clearing the vegetation around a hand pump

Pitezari - plastic trash clean-up drive

Wildlife film screening at Wadegaon school

Forest Department staff at a plantation programme, Mangezari
Kuradi - Students take an oath to protect wildlife on Global Tiger Day


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 7 patrols
·      9 community assistance voluntary work programs to clean area next to hand pumps at Wadegaon, Kodelohara, Umarzari, Sodlagondi, Kodebarra, Pindkepar, Alezari, Koilari and Chorkhamara
·      9 anti-plastic programmes at Wadegaon, Kodelohara, Umarzari, Sodlagondi, Kodebarra, Pindkepar, Alezari, Koilari and Chorkhamara
·      Organised 6 classroom programmes at Kuradi, Bolunda, Wadegaon, Kodelohara, Asalpani and Koilari in which 1,144 students were present
·      Organised 6 film shows at Asalpani, Kodebarra, Koilari, Kodelohara, Wadegaon and Mendha in which 722 students  were present
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 213 patients got free treatment
·      Celebrated World Tiger Day on 29th July


Our team organised 9 community assistance programs in July to clear areas around hand pumps in different villages.

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. 

Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

Our team joined the Forest Department in day and night patrols on the roads from Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Bagadband and in Compartments No. 112, 109, 110 and 111.

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 our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve.  

During the month, our team organised 9 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages.

The programmes were organised on July 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18, 19, 25 and 30 at Wadegaon, Kodelohara, Umarzari, Sodlagondi, Kodebarra, Pindkepar, Alezari, Koilari and Chorkhamara villages respectively.

Mukund, Salimkumar and Jivraj organised 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 organised 4 awareness programmes during July in 4 villages – Thadezari, Pindkepar, Wadegaon, and Chorkhamara.

On the occasion of World Tiger Day, July 29, we organised a programme at GES High School, Kuradi in which students participated in a drawing competition and took an oath to protect forests and tigers. 240 students participated in the programme along with their teachers.

A similar programme was organised at Mangezari for guides, guards and VEDC members.


There were 6 programmes during July 2017 focussed on environment education which were attended by 1,144 students.


Education van

There were 6 film shows during July which were attended by 722 students.

Employment Cell activities

There were 4 employment cell activities in July. 


There were 6 health camps in July 2017attended by 213 patients.

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