Saturday, January 5, 2019

Activity Update November 2018: Navegaon-Nagzira


Young villagers from Balapur, now employed at a Pune hotel

Night patrol near Mangezari

Jungle patrol

Cleaning a forest waterhole

Clearing the area around a handpump, Bhajepar

Program to celebrate Dr Salim Ali's anniversary, Bolunda

Nature trail for students from Bolunda

Environment education program at Kurhadi

Clearing plastic litter from village street, Mangezari

Dr Zanzal at our Pitezari free health camp


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

·      Joined Forest Department staff on patrols on 5 occasions
·      4 community assistance voluntary work programs to clean area next to hand pumps
·      2 programs to waterholes
·      4 anti-plastic programs at Bhajepar, Sodlagondi, Asalpani and Mangezari
·      Organised environment education programs in 5 schools in which 936 students were present
·      Organised 6 medical camps in which 244 patients got free treatment
·      Organised Meeting with SHG members at Balapur
·      4 unemployed young villagers got jobs with our help
·      4 young villagers shortlisted and sent for hospitality training program funded by Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation  
·      Celebrated Dr. Salim Ali Day at Bolunda School


Our team organised 4 community assistance programs on November 1, 3, 6 and 14 to clear areas around hand pumps at Bhajepar, Sodlagondi, Asalpani, and Mangezari. Unemployed young villagers from Mangezari participated in 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 wild growth of weeds, 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. 112, and on the roads linking Mangezari to Asalpani, Mangezari to Jindatola, Mangezari to Kodebarra and Mangezari to Govindtola. 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 programs to clean polythene/plastic litter from villages. The programs were organised on November, 1, 3, 6 and 14, at Bhajepar, Sodlagondi, Asalpani 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 November 25, we organised a program to celebrate Salim Ali Day at Adilok High School, Bolunda. The program was attended by 140 students. Mukund Dhurve spoke to them about the Bird Man of India, Salim Ali, and gave them information about birds and the need to protect birds.

On November 11, we organised a kabbadi tournament at Jindatola in which villagers of Jindatola, Mangezari, Govindtola and Kodebarra participated. 8 teams took part in the competition. Such programs are used by us to mobilize young villagers and villagers. We display posters at the events and motivate the participants to take up conservation activities.


There were 5 education programs in November.

Employment Cell activities

4 unemployed young villagers from Balapur got jobs in November thanks to us.
In September, our team had short-listed four young villagers from Balapur for a hospitality training program run by Pratham Arora Center for Education (PACE) in Sillari, funded by the Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation.

After successful completion of training all four young villagers got jobs at Khapoli Hotel in Pune.

Employment Cell Training activities

In November, we identified and sent 2 young villagers from Mangezari and Jindatola for hospitality training program run by Pratham Arora Centre for Education at Sillari, Pench Tiger Reserve and funded by Pench Tiger Conservation Foundation.

MHS (Mobile Health Service)

There were 6 health camps in November.

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