Monday, January 21, 2019

Activity Update December 2018: Kanha


Vermi-compost tank set up in Ramprakash Pusham's farm, Batwar 

Chapri - Check dam site at Bawan Jhodi nallah before completion

Chapri -Volunteers bring materials to build check dam

Chapri- Volunteers building the check dam 

Chapri - Completed check dam at Bawan Jhodi nallah
Chapri - Mushroom cultivation set up with our help at Raima Bai 's house

Chapri - Vegetable patches set up with our help
on Maya Bai Dhurvey's property

 Sampathlal Dhurve conducts a nature game to explain the importance
of conservation to Kutwahi students

Manegaon- Sampathlal Dhurve conducts
an environment education programme in village school

Bhagpur - Compost pit dug in Sangita Bai Dhurwey's backyard 


Team: Amit AwasthiConservation Officer
            Sampathlal Dhurve – Field assistant
·      One voluntary work program on water conservation – check dam built at Bawanjhodi nallah, Chapri
·      2 voluntary work programs for community assistance – cleaning of area around hand pumps at Kutwahi and Samaiya
·      One person trained in preparing vermi-compost
·      8 compost pits prepared in 5 villages
·      6 awareness programs on organic farming
·      2 anti-plastic programs
·      Environment education  program conducted in 12 schools - attended by 413 students  
·      8 nature and wildlife film shows -- attended by 423 students
·      4 unemployed young villagers placed in jobs at local resorts
Conservation work

On December 9, a check dam was constructed near Chapri village, inside the jungle. Tiger and sambar are spotted regularly in the area and our team found fresh pug marks of a leopard at the site while building the check dam. The team of 32 included self-help group (SHG) members, young villagers and other villagers.

On December 16, Amit and Sampath led a team of 7 people in a program to clear wild growth around a well at Kutwahi. Due to heavy rains, wild growth had proliferated around the well and access to the well was affected. Our team, which comprised 7 villagers, removed the wild growth and cleaned the area. A similar program was organised at Samaiya on December 23.

Our team encourages organic farming as part of our strategy to reduce the impact of chemical fertilisers on fields adjoining prime wildlife areas. Part of our work includes assistance to villagers in setting up vermi-compost tanks and compost pits. During December, we helped 8 villagers dig compost pits – Sunder Maravi of Manegaon on December 2, Pacho Bai Uikey of Manegaon on December 6, Mahadev Uikey of Kutwahi on December 8, Garjan Maravi of Patpara on December 10, Summat Maravi of Kutwahi on December 11, and Kastura Bai Dhurwey of Patpara on December 17. Narsingh Uladi of Samaiya on December 23 and Sangita Bai Dhurwey of Bhagpur on December 24.

On December 18, our team provided training on preparing vermi-compost to Ramprakash Pusham of Batwar village.

We held 6 programs during December to promote awareness about conservation activities in villages. Details are given in the above table.

On December 4, our team organised an anti-plastic program at Chapri. Amit and Sampath spoke to the villagers about the harmful impact of plastic/polythene on the environment and motivated them to remove such litter from the village. The team of villagers and students went around the village, collecting plastic and polythene litter/waste, which were then buried in a pit on the outskirts of the village. A similar anti-plastic program was organised at Patpara on December 30.


During the month our team organised environment education programs in 12 schools in the villages in our area of operations.

Education van program

There were 8 film shows on nature and wildlife conservation in December.

Livelihood programs

As part of our program to reduce pressure on forests, we have been encouraging villagers to take up alternative livelihood options. In November this year, we had organised training on oyster mushroom cultivation for members of a women’s SHG of Chapri village. The trainees were provided with mushroom spawn during the training program. In December, the group successfully cultivated and sold 6 kg mushroom to local resorts at Rs 150/- to Rs 180/- per kg. It now plans to sustain and expand its activities.

Employment Cell

We helped 4 young villagers get jobs during the month of December.

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