Savarkundla Trip to save Asiatic Lions.

Issue at hand:- Asiatic Lions are dying/getting severely injured by falling into wells in the forests of Savarkundla, which is a place near the Gir forest. Around 14-16 lions are accounted to be dead every year.

Our response to the issue:- Make covers for wells that would barricade the wells in some sorts as to which the lions wouldn’t fall into the well and get hurt.

Learning Outcomes Achieved:-

LO1: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
In the process of making the well cover I tried all the 3 processes(grinding, wielding and cutting). I realized that grinding and wielding was particularly easy for me because it required precision and steady hands, while the process of cutting metal required coordinated upper body strength and some people were able to do that task much swifter and faster than me so I decided to maximize my efforts on grinding and wielding to make the work done as efficiently as possible.

LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
This expedition helped me explore new gross motor skills like cutting, welding and grinding metal components to make the cover of the well. I hadn’t ever done any of this tasks before and doing it for the first time made me nervous but after proper guidance by our expert staff at the camp I was able to get a good grip on the operational tasks at hand

LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance
We were building covers for wells so that the Lions of Savarkundla would not fall into the wells and would enjoy a safer wildlife. We had to show immense commitment towards it because we were working in a remote area and the electricity is not available readily at any hour of the day so we had to work at late at night on the first day because there was no electricity on our first day there. On the next day we faced the harsh scorch of the afternoon but we had no choice but to keep working because we were already a lagging behind by a little amount, so we motored through the afternoon and completed our tasks with precision and efficiency.

LO5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
This was a well-coordinated & collective effort from the whole grade. This being a short 3-day trip, our grade had to be efficient and coordinated while working to complete our task at hand. We faced difficulties on the first day as there was a power cut until around the evening. Thus we altered our plan & worked in the evening instead of the afternoon. This also resulted in us covering up a significant amount of work in the evening. The next day we grinded from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional food breaks in-between, it was exhausting and harsh work but we divided ourselves into 4 groups and the work was divided equally so everybody got equal rest and work time to make the whole process smoother. The process of dividing our tasks and coordinating with our group members helped us a lot in the whole activity.

LO6: Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
Our main goal in mind while doing this activity was to provide the population of Asiatic Lions, a previously endangered species, a safer habitat so that there species thrives. So we did our best to provide the safer habitat so that this unique species of Lions continue to increase in their population.


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