“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Today’s updates are on hope and resilience – how they keep us going in the face of adversity.
The world is battling the COVID 19 pandemic and we are all in this together. We are grateful that your support for our work never ceased despite the difficult times. And neither did our teams stop working.
The pandemic crippled the world and caught us all off guard. Our stakeholders, especially the local communities living around protected areas have been severely affected. A disrupted supply chain worsened by their remote habitation resulted in poor access to even basic necessities like food grains and sanitization facilities.
Wildlife Trust of India, through its Rapid Action Projects (and other long-term projects), has been working tirelessly, to support these communities. In this update, we elaborate and present to you one such initiative undertaken in ‘Jigaon’ village through a Rapid Action Project (RAP)*.
‘Jigaon’ is a small village located in the periphery of the Eagle-nest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. It comprises around 650 inhabitants, including natives (mostly farmers), and migrants from other states (daily wagers, carpenters and masons).
On 21st of June, a Jigaon-based NGO, ‘Zgang Depga’, distributed ration kits- rice, pulses, oil and salt - to 105 households in Jigaon village and adjacent hamlets, with WTI’s support and sponsorship. To prevent social gatherings, the village elders, upon consultation, suggested door-to-door distribution of the ration to the households who were in need of help. The volunteers distributed the ration kits to 105 households covering Lingdochhok, Yokmu, Bichirekngu and Jigaon villages. Six households, from the adjacent Okkhorbari hamlet, who needed ration kits were also supported.
Wildlife Trust of India has been working with these communities and rangers for over two decades. While they are the frontrunners of conservation, we continue to stand by them as they help us keep wildlife #Foreverwild.
We are hopeful that things will be better soon. Till then, stay safe!