|Nature game to explain conservation, at Durgapur|
|Eco-friendly Ganesh idols made by students of Kohoka|
|Eco-friendly Ganesh celebration with Niranjan at Kohoka school|
|An injury being treated at our free health camp at Mohgaon|
|Farmers with a bird perch installed by us in a paddy field |
for eco-friendly pest management
|Vegetable garden at Potiya school|
|Field Assistant Niranjan repairing a faulty biogas stove in Turia|
|The area around the handpump at Tuyepani, after the overgrown wild|
plants were cleared
|Plastic litter clean-up drive at Tuyepani|
|Field Assistant Kamlesh briefs students on a nature trail|
|Environment education program at Potiya school|
|Personality development program for guides of the tiger reserve|
|Dr Zanzal treats patients at our free health camp at Chirrewani|
THE FULL REPORT
Conservation Officer – Sumit Kumar Kar
Major highlights of the month
On September 8, we organised a program to set up a kitchen garden at Government Middle School, Potiya. The garden was set up by the students and teacher of the school with the assistance of Niranjan and Sumit. The students were split into groups to clean the area for the garden, making the garden bed and fencing. After construction of the garden beds, seeds of coriander, fenugreek, spinach, tomato, chilli, and brinjal were sown followed by irrigation. A similar activity was performed by Kamlesh at Thuyepani.
Repair of defective biogas units was done by Niranjan at Turiya on 24th and 28th September at the houses of Mr. Tilak Deshmukh and Mr. Kundlik Rao respectively.
An anti-plastic rally was organised by Kamlesh on 12th September in which students went around the village chanting slogans and collecting plastic litter along the way. Niranjan also conducted an awareness rally at Ambadi on 26th September in which 28 students participated.
On September 5, as part of our education program, a session on the importance of honey bees was conducted at Government Middle School, Kohoka. The impact of widespread use of insecticides on honeybee population was explained to the students by Sumit. The unique eusocial behavior of honeybees was also explained. Sumit also told the students how they could help in saving honeybees.
A personality development training session for guides was conducted on 23rd September at Turiya. The resource person for the session was Mr. Sandip Chowdhury, eco-tourism consultant. The session was attended by 34 guides registered at Turiya gate and covered topics such as basics of human interaction and mannerisms, best practices in guest handling including storytelling, ego-management and communication rules. The training had interactive elements including role-playing session and demonstrative activities. Niranjan, Sumit and Abhijit assisted the resource person in conducting the activities during the training session.
Kamlesh and Sumit held a discussion session with the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) team at Khamarpani under the Ajeevika program. Our team discussed the area of operations of Satpuda Foundation with the NRLM team and requested them to establish Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the 12 villages of Khamarpani cluster where we work. The NRLM team proceeded with the establishment of 3 SHGs at Kundai with inputs from our team.
Kamlesh organised a training/awareness session at the Jai Ambe SHG at Kundai on the 27th and provided information on the various government training programs of institutes such Rural Self-Employment training Institute (RSETI), Chhindwara and also discussed the feasibility of a soap-making venture, highlighting the success story of a similar SHG at Sarni.
Niranjan and Sumit also attended a meeting with Shristhi SHG at Turiya on 16th September and discussed a cloth bag making venture (a prototype cloth bag was made by one of the members) and also a plan to open a tea stall near Turiya safari gate which will serve herbal and organic teas.