Monday, October 9, 2017

Activity Update August 2017: Pench Maharashtra


Chargaon - volunteers clean the area around a borewell

Ghatpendari - Conservation Officer Bandu explains government
schemes for farmers

Khapa - villagers participate in a forest patrol

Dr Zanzal at our free health camp at Saleghat

Field Assistant Dilip guides children of Sawara on a nature trail

Our talk on conservation during World Indigenous Tribes Day

Conservation rally at Sawara


Team: Mandar Pingle – Conservation Officer
            Bandu Uikey   - Conservation Officer
Dilip Lanjewar, Balkrishna Baghmare – Field Assistants

·      One soak pit prepared
·      One voluntary work project to clean sewage waste in Chargaon
·      Celebrated Adivasi Divas in Sawara with conservation programmes
·      Celebrated Independence Day in Chargaon, Ghatpendari with conservation programmes
·      Two nature trails held for students  of  Sawara and Khapa – 31 students participated
·      Joined Forest Department staff on 7 anti-poaching patrols
·      Bandu Uikey assisted 3 youths from Ghatpendari in getting jobs
·      Dilip organised meetings in Khudsapar and Kadbikheda to inform villagers about alternate livelihood options and government-aided skill development programmes
·      Organised class room lectures in 13  schools - attended by 347 students
·      Organised 1 medical camp – 30 patients treated free of cost


On August 10, Dilip Lanjewar along with 9 villagers of Pipariya village prepared a soak pit near a hand pump in the village. The excess water was stagnating, causing unhygienic conditions near the hand pump. The pool of waste water had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The soak pit will help the waste water to seep into the ground and help improve the ground water level. The area near the hand pump is also clean now and this will help prevent diseases.

On August 28, Balkrishna along with 7 volunteers from Chargaon cleaned the area near a bore well in their village. During the monsoon season, a lot of mud had gathered near the hand pump causing inconvenience to all the villagers. It also posed a health hazard as it had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. By cleaning the excess grass and mud near the bore well, the villagers assisted in keeping their village clean.

Dilip joined village eco-development committee (VEDC) members and Forest Department staff on patrols on August 22 and 27 at Tuyapar hut and Khapa villages respectively. The team patrolled the forest and borders of the villages, checking for signs of illegal activities.

Balkrishna joined similar patrols thrice on August 21, 22 and 28 near Ambazari, Kolitmara and Siladevi villages of West Pench Range, while Bandu Uikey joined the Forest Department team along with 4 villagers on foot patrol near Ghatpendari village on August 21 and 22 on the occasion of the Pola festival. No illegal activity was detected on these patrols.

In August, Dilip took students on 2 nature trails during which he spoke to the students about birds, trees and forests. The impact of degradation of natural resources was explained to the students. The kids spotted a number of bird species like drongo, tree pie, bush quail, white eyed buzzard etc while on the nature trails. Students from Sawara and Khapa took part in the nature trails.

On August 9, Dilip Lanjewar celebrated Global Indigenous Tribes Day (Adivasi Divas) in Sawara village along with students, teachers and villagers. Dilip organised a rally during which the students raised slogans to make villagers aware of the rich culture of Gond tribes which aims at preserving and judiciously using natural resources. Later a lecture session was arranged in the school.

On August 15, Balkrishna organised a rally along with 50 students, teachers and villagers of Chargaon village on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. The participants of the rally raised slogans to create awareness about importance of wildlife conservation and protection of the rich ecological heritage of India. The students urged villagers to actively contribute towards wildlife conservation in all possible ways.

On August 4, Bandu Uikey organised a meeting in Ghatkukda village for five beneficiaries of milch cow distribution scheme and gave information about good practices of dairy management. Bandu gave the villagers information on ways to optimise milk production and also gave them information on processing of the milk to add value to the product. Dairy and animal husbandry is a very profitable livelihood option for the villagers of buffer area of the National Park and will help them reduce their dependency on forests for livelihood.

On August 15, Bandu Uikey attended a meeting in Ghatpendari on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations and gave information regarding various government schemes for farmers regarding agriculture. 110 villagers were present during the meeting.

Environmental Education

In August 2017, 13 environment education sessions were arranged; 329 students attended these sessions.

Employment Cell

On August 1, Dilip Lanjewar organised a meeting in Khudsapar village and gave information on self-employment schemes to the unemployed youths and women’s self help group members. Dilip also gave information on the farm pond fish farming scheme being run by Maharashtra State government and prepared a list of interested candidates. Later Dilip submitted the list to Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), East Pench Range, Mrs. Geeta Nannaware. 

Dilip Lanjewar prepared a list of candidates interested in undertaking a one-month programme to train candidates in driving four-wheelers at Ashok Leyland’s driver’s training institute located at Linga in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. The cost of training and accommodation is borne by Maharashtra Forest Department under the aegis of Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement Programme (BCRLIP). The candidates have to pay for the expenses of procuring the driving license from Regional Transport Office (RTO).

The list of the candidates ready to undertake the driver’s training was forwarded to ACF Mrs. Geeta Nannaware.

Dilip organised a similar meeting in Kadbikheda village on August 3 during which 12 villagers were present.

IT Education Program

Satpuda Foundation has donated desktops as well as laptops to the Zilla Parishad School in Sawara village and has been conducting an IT education program for the students free of cost since 2013. Basic computer skills are taught to the students to make them feel comfortable with technology and improve their IT skills. Ms Sita Uikey, a resident of Sawara village works on an honorarium basis for Satpuda Foundation and teaches the children.

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

One camp was held in August.

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