Having been a volunteer at Greenpeace for the last 18 months, I was well aware of the situation in Mahan. Being a wildlife enthusiast, I was thrilled to be a part of an expedition that would camp in the great forests. This is Mahua collection time in Mahan. For the next two weeks, 23 of us will be collecting Mahua with the local community in Mahan.

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Sunset from the train, on the way to Singrauli.

 

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Arrival at Budher, Mahan Forest, children inquisitively stare from a distance.

 

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Campaigner Akshay Gupta prepares the volunteers for the upcoming activities on their very first day at the Mahua camp.

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The volunteers enthusiastically scream out slogans along with the forest dwellers.

 

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We will be spending a lot of time in these beautiful forests of Mahan.

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Heading into the forest to begin our first day at the Mahua camp.

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Work begins at the Mahua camp.

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We spent all day collecting Mahua in these little baskets.

 

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A beautiful Mahua tree in the forest.

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Mahua picker Jawaharlal Singh offers us a closer look at the Mahua flower.

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Collected Mahua.

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Ram Singh grinning, as he walks away with the morning collection of Mahua.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by: Shahswati Shankar and Siddhant.

Siddhant is a Greenpeace volunteer. He is currently participating in the Mahua collection camp in Mahan.

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