COVID-19 Relief For The Pardhi Community

Last Wilderness Foundation – To support the Pardhi community that has been unable to travel and earn a livelihood during the pandemic

by Last Wilderness Foundation

About the fundraiser:

A large percentage of the Pardhi community has given up hunting thereby taking to the selling of medicinal herbs and trinkets/ bangles in various states as an alternative means of livelihood. However, due to a strict lockdown in the state, the community members have been unable to travel and earn a source of income, which may result in them going back to the forests in search of food and livelihood thereby endangering our wilderness spaces as well.

How funds will be utilised:

The funds will be used to provide food supplies like oil, vegetables, flour and rice as well as masks to ensure the safety of community members.

Impact on the ground:

The funds are being raised to provide essentials such as food supplies and masks to 300 Pardhi families, a traditional hunting community across different 'deras' or Pardhi settlements in Central India. Thus by providing the essentials to the family, we are not only providing the community members with much-needed support but also safeguarding forests.

Last Wilderness Foundation

Last Wilderness Foundation (LWF), an NGO working towards wildlife conservation was founded in 2009. The sole purpose of LWF is to bridge the gap between authorities protecting forest and wildlife and communities around these protected areas. Our methodologies vary depending on short term and long term goals needed on a case to case basis. We use education, alternate livelihoods and communication tools to strengthen management plans with community participation. Currently, we are focused on working in three tiger reserves, namely: Kanha, Panna and Bandhavgarh. With the community outreach and management of human-wildlife coexistence being the main crux of our work in these three tiger reserves, we partner with the tiger reserve management to work with the communities and assist them with an alternative source of livelihood, so as to reduce the pressure on the forest and forest products, as well as reduce any potential conflict situation in the region. Developing ownership of the forest amongst the communities is the key focus of our education and outreach programmes.