Monday, October 9, 2017

Activity Update August 2017: Navegaon-Nagzira


Plastic litter clean-up drive at Thadezari

Our team accompanied the Forest Department staff on 9 forest patrols 

Asalpani - plastic litter clean-up drive

Demonstrating how to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols at Bolunda

Wildlife film screenings for Bolunda students

Free health camp at Chorkamarra - Dr Zanjal examines patients

Kuradi students learn to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 9 patrols
·      7 community assistance voluntary work programs to clean area next to hand pumps at
·      7 anti-plastic programmes
·      Organised 7 classroom programmes in which 1,478 students were present
·      Organised 6 film shows in which 1,039 students were present
·      Organised 5 medical camps in which 183 patients got free treatment


Our team organised 7 community assistance programs in August to clear areas around hand pumps. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in the programmes which were led by Mukund and Salimkumar. Details of the programmes are given in the table above.

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. 

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 Compartment no. 109.

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 7 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on August 1, 4, 13, 15, 23, 26 and 27 at Bodalkasa, Mangezari, Asalpani, Thadezari, Bagadband, Pitezari and Jindatola 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 a total of 2 awareness programmes during August in 2 villages – Thadezari, and Bagadband.


There were 7 education programmes during August 2017 which were attended by 1,478 students.

Education van

There were 6 film shows during August 2017 which were attended by 722 students.

Mobile Health Service

There were 5 health camps in August 2017 attended by 183 patients.

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