Saturday, May 12, 2018

Activity Update March 2018: Navegaon-Nagzira



Mukund Dhurve         - Asst.  Conservation Officer
Jivraj Salam                 - Field assistant
Surajlal Tekam            - Field assistant


·      Joined Forest Department staff on 4 patrols
·      5 community assistance voluntary work projects to clean area next to hand pumps
·      4 anti-plastic programmes
·      3 waterholes cleaned in Comp. no. 109, 57 and 118
·      Organised 4 classroom environment education programmes in which 165 students were present.
·      Organised 6 film shows in which 990 students were present.
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 199 patients got free treatment
·      Organised 2 VEDC meetings at Umarzari  and Sodlagondi
·      Celebrated World Wildlife Day at ZPPS, Mangezari -- 73 students were present
·      Celebrated World Sparrow Day at Ashram school, Koilari by making and installing artificial nests for birds
·      Celebrated World Forest Day at GES High school, Kuradi and Adilok High School, Bolunda
·      Celebrated World Water Day by repairing waterhole at Comp. no. 118
·      Celebrated World Climate Day at Bhimrao High School, Wadegaon -- 230 students and 7 teachers were present


Our team organised 5 community assistance programs in March to clear areas around hand pumps I different villages. Unemployed youths from Mangezari participated in all programmes which were led by Mukund and Jivraj. 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 linking Mangezari to Kodebarra, and Mangezari to Asalpani and in Compartments no. 109 and 112. 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 4 anti-plastic programmes to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programmes were organised on March 11, 15, 27 and 29 at Sodlagondi Kodelohara, Asalpani, and Sodlagondi 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 2 awareness programmes during March in Umarzari and Sodlagondi.

During the month, we also celebrated important days in the environmentalist calendar. On March 20, we celebrated World Sparrow Day at Ashram School, Koilari by teaching students to make artificial nests for small birds from cardboard boxes. We later guided the students in installing these boxes at suitable places on the school premises.

On March 21, we celebrated World Forest Day at GES High School, Kuradi and at Adilok High School, Bolunda by organising film shows with a conservation message. 

On March 22, we celebrated World Water Day through a programme to repair a waterhole in Compartment no. 118.

On March 23, we celebrated World Climate Day at Bhimrao High School, Wadegaon by organising a film show on climate change. The film was watched by 230 students and 7 teachers.


There were 4 classroom programmes on environment education in March which were attended by 165 students.

Education van

There were 6 film shows in the following schools during March.

Employment Cell activities

We helped 3 villagers get employment during March. 

Two girls were placed as trainee nurses at Government Hospital, Tiroda. Mukund learned about the vacancies through a newspaper advertisement and approached the hospital with a list of eight ladies from villages where we operate. Two of them were selected.

Mobile Health Service

There were 6 health camps in March.

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