Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Activity Update November 2017: Navegaon-Nagzira


Check dam being built by our volunteers in Compartment No 56

The completed check dam 
Volunteers cleaning a waterhole in Compartment No 96
Children with speech and hearing impairment gather for our safari

Our free health camp - Dr Zanzal examines a patient

Our volunteers assist Forest Department staff in patrolling
the park - in Compartment 96

Our volunteers join Forest Department staff on night patrol

Film show for students with speech and hearing impairment
Asalpani - volunteers clean plastic litter near the jungle
Itta Chunnilal Katlam, who started a grocery store in Jindatola
with our assistance, under our livelihoods programme
Mamta Manohar Meshram has started a poultry farm with our assistance,
under our livelihoods programme
Wildlife film screening at Kodebarra
Our Conservation Officer Mukund Dhurve gives a talk about birds
to students in Kuradi
Our free health camp at Mangezari
Students on a nature trail, Pongezara


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on 7 patrols
·      5 community assistance voluntary work programs to clean area next to hand pumps in villages
·      5 anti-plastic programmes
·      4 waterholes cleaned in Compartments no. 109, 96, 110 and 56
·      Built 1 check dam in Compartment no. 56
·      Organised safari for students from Gondia school for students with speech and hearing impairment


Our team organised 5 community assistance programs in November to clear areas around hand pumps in different villages. Unemployed young villagers from Mangezari participated in all the programmes, led by our team 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 in Compartment no. 96, Compartment no. 57, Compartment no. 109 and on the roads linking Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Govindtola, Mangezari to Bagadband. 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 5 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on November 5, 7, 11, 22 and 23 at Jindatola, Asalpani, Mangezari, Pitezari and Govindtola 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 2 awareness programmes during November in Thadezari and Pitezari.

On November 24, we organised a programme to build a check dam in Compartment no. 56 in which our staff, forest guard and villagers volunteered.


There were 4 education programmes in November 2017 which were attended by 562 students.

Education van

There were 6 education programmes during November which were attended by 726 students.

Employment Cell activities

During November, we assisted two members of a women’s self-help group, based in Jindatola, in starting their own small business units.

Mobiles Health Service

There were 6 health camps in November.

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