Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Activity Update December 2017: Pench Madhya Pradesh


Conservation rally at Kundai 

Field Assistant Kamlesh takes students on a nature trail

Dr Zanzal examines children at our free health camp at Potiya

Field Assistant Niranjan explains the need for water conservation
to students from Satosha

Villagers clear the overgrown area around a hand pump, Satosha

Field Assistant Kamlesh teaches a nature class at Sawri

Field Assistant Niranjan repairs stove, part of a biogas unit, at Turia 


Team: Amit Awasthi – Conservation Officer
            Niranjan Hinge, Kamlesh Pawar – Field Assistants
·      One voluntary work programme for community assistance – area next to hand pump cleaned at Satosha
·      One  rally with conservation message
·      2  biogas units repaired by Niranjan Hinge
·      20 classroom education lectures organised for 556 students
·      5 nature trails – attended by 54 students
·      6 film shows with conservation message – 420 attended programmes
·      Collected details of candidates for various skill development programmes
·      1 unemployed youth got a job through our Employment Cell
·      Arranged for villager’s dance group to perform at resorts
·      6 medical camps organised– 221 patients treated


On December 17, Amit and Niranjan led a team of 7 people in a programme to clear wild growth around a hand pump at Satosha.  Due to the proliferation of wild growth, access to the hand pump was affected. Our team, which comprised 7 youths from the village, removed the growth and cleaned the area.

On December 23, Kamlesh organised an anti-plastic campaign in Kundai village. During the rally, 30 students of Government Middle School participated and raised slogans about the ill effects of plastic on the environment and wildlife. During the rally, along the main road of the village, the students collected litter like wrappers, polythene carry bags, plastic bottles etc. The students also requested the local shop owners to stop using polythene bags. A ban on plastic carry bags in areas adjoining forest areas has been imposed in Madhya Pradesh by the state authorities and the rally helped spread awareness on this issue amongst the villagers.

On December 5, Niranjan repaired a defective biogas unit in a household from Turiya village. The stove unit had waste material accumulated in the gas outlet which had blocked the gas flow. Niranjan also checked the biogas digester tank for faults. 3 villagers assisted him.

On December 16, Niranjan performed a similar repair in another house in Turiya.


There were 20 environment education programmes in classrooms during December.    

In December, a total of 5 nature trails were organised by Kamlesh and Niranjan for the children of Pulpuldoh, Doodhgaon, Thuyepani, Satosha and Aamajhiri villages. On the trails, our staff spoke to the children about the various plants and common medicinal uses of those plants. They also spotted and identified local birds during the trails and explained their role in nature.

Education van programme

There were 7 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in December.

Medical Health Services programme

Employment Cell

We helped 1 youth get a job at a local resort during December.

Tribal Dance Group Programme

During December, our team arranged with 3 resorts to call the Saila tribal dance group, which is based in Sawara, Maharashtra, to perform at the resorts. The dance group earned a total of 18,000.00 rupees through the programmes.

The dance group was set up with our help and is mentored by our team.

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