Monday, January 21, 2019

Activity Update December 2018: Navegaon-Nagzira


Conservator of Forests Mr. Ramanujam at a nature camp
organised by us for village children

Conservator of Forests Mr. Ramanujan giving prizes
to students at the nature camp

Our Assistant Director Abjihit Dutta addresses students at the nature camp 

 Students from village schools go on a jungle safari during the nature camp

Nature game to explain wildlife and conservation to village students

Students learn about the role of termites during a nature trail

Asalpani - Dr. Khode examines a patient at our free medical camp

Jindatola - Meeting organised by us to discuss
development and conservation issues

Kurhadi - Kitchen garden prepared in G.E.S. Girl's School  

Kurhadi - Our colleague Mukund conducts an
education programme on World Energy Conservation Day


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


·      Joined Forest Department staff on patrols on 4 occasions
·      4 community assistance voluntary work programs to clean area next to hand pumps
·      1 program to clean water hole
·      4 anti-plastic programs
·      Organised environment education programs in 3 schools in which 520 students were present
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 148 patients got free treatment
·      Celebrated World Energy Conservation Day at Kuradi School
·      Organised meeting with members of self-help groups (SHGs) at Kodebarra
·      5 young villagers shortlisted and sent for hospitality training program funded by Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation 
·      Organised 2-day nature camp  at Jindatola for students from village schools
·      Organise personality development workshop for guides at Mangezari


Our team organised 4 community assistance programs in December to clear areas around hand pumps at Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Thadezari and Sodlagondi Unemployed young villagers from Mangezari participated in all 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 Compartment No. 109, Compartment No.111, and on the roads linking Mangezari to Kodebarra 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 team.

During the month, our team organised 4 anti-plastic programs to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programs were organised on December 4, 5, 7 and 18 at Mangezari, Bodalkasa, Thadezari and Sodlagondi 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 December 14, we celebrated World Energy Conservation Day at G.E.S. Girl’s High School, Kuradi with lectures on the various sources of energy and uses of natural energy. A total of 190 students and 2 teachers were present.

On December 27, we organised a personality development workshop for guides at Mangezari. Shri Kunal Sharma, an expert from Chennai, was the resource person for the program in which guides were advised on how to interact with tourists. The guides were also taught the importance of speaking to the tourists about local culture, customs and history in addition to speaking about wildlife and nature. Guides from Mangezari Gate and nature trail guides attended the workshop.


There were 3 environment education programs in December.

Education Van

On December 28 and 29, we organised a 2-day nature camp for 40 students and 7 teachers from 5 schools, whose details are given below. Activities at the camp included nature games, presentations, nature trails and a jungle safari. Such camps are organised by us every year to enable children from local villages to learn about nature and wildlife and to develop an interest in conservation. This camp was supported by the Forest Department.

Employment Cell Training activities

In December, we identified and selected 5 young villagers to be trained in skills related to the hospitality industry. The young villagers were sent to Pratham Arora Centre for Education at Sillari, Pench Tiger Reserve. The training program is funded by Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation.
Details of the young villagers are given below.

Mobile Health Service (MHS)

There were 6 health camps in December.

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