Monday, November 19, 2018

Activity Update September 2018: Navegaon-Nagzira


Our volunteers on forest patrol

Our Field Assistant Jivraj and volunteers clean the area around a handpump
in Balapur

Dr Zanzal examines a patient at our free health camp at Kodebarra

Fish being introduced into a lake, Kodebarra. Sustainable fishing
will increase the income of villagers and reduce their forest dependence.

Conservation Officer Mukund explaining the ozone layer to students
on World Ozone Day

Students watching a wildlife film at Wadegaon



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


·      Joined Forest Department staff on patrols on 6 occasions
·      6 community assistance voluntary work projects to clean area next to hand pumps
·      6 anti-plastic programs
·      Environment education programs in 6 schools
·      Organised 6 film shows
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 174 patients got free treatment
·      Assisted Government agencies in introducing fish seeds in 2 places
·       Organised villagers’ meeting with Agriculture Officer at Balapur
·      Celebrated International Day for preservation of Ozone layer at Kuradi School
·      Organised meeting with SHG members at Mangezari
·      Identified 8 young villagers who have been sent to be trained in skills related to the hospitality industry – training funded by Forest Department 
·      Celebrated World Tourism Day at Mangezari


Our team organised 6 community assistance programs on September 1, 2, 10, 11, 16, and 24 to clear areas around hand pumps at Chorkhamara, Sodlagondi, Umarzari, Thadezari, Balapur and Mangezari. Unemployed young villagers from Mangezari participated in all the programs which were led by Mukund and Jivraj. Details of the programs 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 Comp. No. 109, Comp. No.114 and on the paths/roads linking Mangezari to Asalpani, Mangezari to Kodebarra, Mangezari to Govindtola, and Mangezari to Jindatola. 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 6 anti-plastic programs to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programs were organised on September, 1, 2, 10, 11, 16 and 24 at Chorkhamara, Sodlagondi, Umarzari, Thadezari, Balapur and Mangezari villages respectively.

Mukund and Jivraj organised the programs 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.

On September 5, we assisted Government agencies in introducing fish seeds in the lake of Mangezari and Jindatola with the help of VEDC members.

On September 17, we celebrated International Day for Preservation of Ozone layer at G.E.S. Girls’ High School, Kuradi.  116 students were present.

On September 21, we organised a meeting at Balapur with Agriculture Officer Mr. Shivankar. The program was organised to give information to the villagers about different government-funded schemes for agriculture. A total of 83 villagers attended the meeting.

On September 26, we organised a program to celebrate World Tourism Day. Villagers, VEDC members, our volunteers and Forest Department staff attended the program and later participate in a cleanliness drive to mark the occasion.

Environment Education

There were 5 environment education programs in September.


Education van

There were 5 film shows during September.

Employment Cell Training activities

We identified 9 young villagers from villages in our area of operations and arranged to have them sent to a training program run by the Pratham Arora Centre for Education (PACE) at Sillari, Pench Tiger Reserve. The program is funded by Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation and aims to equip trainees with skills relevant to the hospitality industry.

Mobiles Health Service (MHS)

There were 6 health camps in September.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Activity Update September 2018: Melghat

4-Wheeler Driving Training Program

Kund - our team discussing details of the driving training program
with young villagers
Young villagers registering for driving training at Barukheda
Trainees attend the Regional Transport Office camp at Akot,
before starting their training

Inauguration of the driving training course for young villagers
of Nagartas and Barukheda

Driving training in progress

Activity Update September 2018: Tadoba-Andhari


Wildlife film screening at Bhamdeli school

 Dewada - our colleague Ajay speaking to villagers
during a survey on man-animal conflict
Villagers building a check dam at Katwal
The check dam at Katwal
Wildlife film screening at Khutwanda school
Our colleague Kishore teaching a nature education class
at Kondegaon

Plastic trash clean-up at Mudholi 
Students at Mudholi learning how to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols
Plastic litter collected during the clean-up drive at Sitarampeth



Conservation Officer: Mr. Ajay Poddar
Field Assistant: Mr. Kishor Dudhbarai

·      3 anti-plastic and cleanliness drives to prevent man-animal conflict - 74 villagers participated
·      1 check dam built through voluntary work project- 7 villagers participated
·      9 environment education programs - 428 students attended
·      Nature club activity -2 workshops to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols - 45 students attended
·      Celebration - World cleanup day 2018 – 65 villagers attended
·      2 women’s SHG meetings organised - 27 members attended
·      4 VEDC meetings organised - 68 villagers attended
·      Man-animal conflict survey carried out in buffer zone villages
·      2 eligible young villagers selected for backhoe loader operator training at CII, Chhindwara


On September 4th, 24th and 27th, we organised cleanliness and anti-plastic programs with villagers of Katwal, Sitarampeth and Kondegaon. Programs were organised to remove plastic litter and waste from the areas in and around the villages and around hand pumps and water tanks as they choke drainage and attract wild animals to the villages.
We also organised awareness sessions on identification of common snakes and bite prevention. A total of 74 villagers participated in the programs.

On September 25th, we constructed a check dam near Katwal village through voluntary work project. 7 villagers volunteered.
Education Program
On September 3rd and 11th,  we organised sessions on identification of common snakes, snake bite prevention and dos and don'ts when confronted by snakes. These sessions were organised  in Kondegaon and Mudholi and were attended by 85 students.
On September 7th and 14th,  the nature clubs ‘Ashwal’ (sloth bear) and ‘Wagh’ (tiger) - formed by our team in Zilla Parishad schools of Mudholi and Katwal respectively - participated in workshops organised by our team to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols. A total of 45 students attended.  
The Ganesh festival is celebrated across India. It lasts 10 days and culminates with the immersion of idols of the deity in water bodies. As many idols are made of artificial materials and chemicals-based colours, the immersion leaves water bodies polluted, affecting both humans and animals. Eco-friendly idols made of clay and natural colours go a long way in reducing this pollution.
On September 17th ,18th and 19th , we organised environmental education  programs in Zilla Parishad schools of Bhamdeli, Sitarampeth, Katwal, Mudholi, Khutwanda, Dewada and Adegaon. A total of 343 students and teachers participated. We organised film shows, documentaries and talks on wildlife conservation.

Employment Cell
We organised 2 Self-Help Group (SHG) meetings and 4 Village Eco-Development Committee (VEDC) meetings, focusing on alternative livelihoods which would reduce dependence on the forests that leads to man-animal conflict and degradation of forests. 95 villagers attended these meetings and share their thoughts.
In the VEDC meetings, we discussed and explained short- and long-term benefits of celebrating the Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly way. We also discussed man-animal confrontation in the Moharli buffer area and how to prevent this by using cattle sheds and stall feeding for domestic cattle, which fall prey to carnivores when they head to the jungle for grazing.  
We organised meetings with unemployed young villagers from Katwal, Mudholi, Kondegaon, Sitarampeth, Bhamdeli, Junona, Dewada and Adegaon at our Moharli office and in Khutwanda to discuss residential and non-residential livelihood training programs at various institutions across Vidarbha.
Our team selected 2 unemployed young villagers from Katwal for a residential training course at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) training centre, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.

Details of the programs are given below:

List of the candidates (residential training courses)

On September 15th, our team organised a cleanliness drive with students of Zilla Parishad School on the occasion of World Cleanup Day. A total of 65 students participated in the program along with fellow villagers.