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It is a year long programme which has received Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, Alumni Impact Grant. This project is designed to address environmental challenges, promote sustainable living, and instill a sense of environmental stewardship among 50 underprivileged children residing in Khindipada, Mulund, Mumbai. By combining education, hands-on activities, and community engagement, we aim to foster a generation that not only understands the importance of environmental conservation but actively contributes to creating a positive impact.
Project Location: Khindipada, Mulund, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Project Duration: November 2023-September 2024
Funding Agency: Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, Alumni Impact Grant.
On January 21, 2024, the iNaturewatch Foundation and the Forest Department of Khindipada collaborated to organize a memorable educational trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali as part of the Environment Stewardship Programme. A group of 43 excited children and 34 enthusiastic parents from Khindipada embarked on a day filled with exploration and learning. The adventure began at the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC), where interactive exhibits introduced the young minds to the park's rich biodiversity. An enlightening movie further immersed them in the wonders of SGNP's flora and fauna. The highlight of the day was a thrilling jungle safari guided by the Forest Department's experts, allowing the participants to witness lions and tigers roaming freely in their natural habitat. . Engaging activities and hands-on experiences made the learning process impactful and unforgettable. The trip to SGNP was a resounding success, providing Khindipada children with a unique and educational experience.
We organized a nature trail and hands-on activity for creating bird feeders and bird homes. Thirty-two enthusiastic children actively participated in this engaging event. The nature trail provided the young participants with an opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the project site, fostering a deeper connection with nature. The hands-on activity for creating bird feeders and bird homes added a creative and educational element to the program, encouraging the children to actively contribute to wildlife conservation. This initiative not only promoted environmental awareness but also instilled a sense of responsibility and appreciation for the diverse ecosystems within the Khindipada community.
We commenced our year-long Environmental Stewardship Programme (ESP) tailored for Vulnerable Communities in Khindipada, Mulund. Launched on December 9, 2023, this initiative is a result of a heartening collaboration with the state forest department. The Khindipada community witnessed a special launch program, featuring insights from Dr. V Shubhalaxmi and valuable addresses from BMC officials on Solid Waste Management. In a bid to promote a cleaner environment, BMC distributed waste dustbins throughout the community, encouraging residents to actively engage in minimizing local litter. Furthermore, we organized a vibrant mask-making activity, not only fostering creativity among children but also highlighting the importance of sustainable practices. The event saw a total of 30 participants, marking the beginning of a comprehensive effort to enhance environmental awareness and stewardship in the Khindipada community.