A total number of 1372 families were provided relief in the past few months with regard to food supplies which included, Rice, pulses, soyabean, oil, potatoes, onions and face masks, in the villages of Khajri, Kudar, Koni, Katheri, Bilhata, Ranipur, Gandhigram, Jardobha, Akola, Kota Gunjapur and Simra located in the buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve. Relief was also provided to Pardhi community members in the villages of Barhi, Pipariha, Moharba, Bhadanpur, Kupna, Chopra and Khamtara.
Apart from the essentials, we are also giving out pamphlets to the community members on the precautionary measures to be taken during the pandemic, and busting myths about the vaccination which will create wide scale awareness about COVID-19 and encourage people to follow protocol.
The recipients are people who live on the fringes of the forest and were hit by the lockdown due to their inability to travel outside to earn a livelihood. By providing this relief, our donors have not only lent support to the people who form the backbone of our conservation movement, but also helped secure the future of the forests, by securing it’s people, who in the absence of food and income might have otherwise returned to the forests in search of the same.
We would like to thank all our donors and countless well wishers, without whom, this initiative wouldn’t have been possible.