World Land Trust (WLT) partner Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has recently held a one-day health camp for the communities neighbouring the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor.
This camp was held as part of the conservation outreach programme run by WTI to protect and extend the Mudahalli Elephant Corridor connecting the Eastern and Western Ghats mountains for migrating mammals such as Indian Elephants.
Approximately 150 people attended, including schoolchildren, livelihood farmers and forest wardens, who received consultations from three visiting doctors and free basic medicines.
Working with the local communities
“The lack of access to good healthcare is a chronic problem for disadvantaged communities such as those living in these two villages,” said Vivek Menon, Executive Director of WTI. “This health camp was organised as a form of community outreach for our vital Mudahalli Elephant Corridor project.”
“It reflects one of our core beliefs: that a sustained process of engagement and partnership with local communities is essential to the long-term success of any conservation project in India today. This is particularly true in our Right of Passage project, which seeks to secure the unhindered movement of Asian elephants through 101 migratory corridors, several of which pass through or are located near human-use areas.”
As well as health camps, while working with communities on establishing and protecting safe corridors for elephants, WTI provide educational supplies to schools in corridor dependent villages as a gesture of gratitude for the community’s support of the corridor project.
WTI also run awareness programmes with local communities about their local corridor and its importance for the elephants and other Indian wildlife. Last year at Mudahalli this involved running celebrations for World Elephant Day at a local primary school for schoolchildren, parents, villagers and forest wardens which was a huge success.
WLT has worked with WTI to help secure several elephant corridors in India, and the current work in Mudahalli was made possible by the supporters of the Elephant Corridor Appeal, launched with Big Match Fortnight in 2016.
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