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Birdie, This Water is for You

About 600 young people are taking the initiative to make this summer more bearable for our fellow creatures by placing water bowls across Bangalore.

Published: 08th April 2014 08:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2014 11:39 AM   |  A+A-

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In an urban environment, birds and stray dogs increasingly find it difficult to survive, and summer makes it even worse for them.

A group is stepping in with a humane initiative: placing water bowls across the city to quench the thirst of birds and strays.

An initiative by Animal Birds Nature Foundation, with volunteer support from many organisations such as Youth for Seva, Let’s be the Change, Honey Bee Nature Club, Radio Active and Vegania Team, around 600 youths between 18 and 25  years are out on the streets, fixing cement bowls.

Bowl of Happyness

Shree Kavya, head of Animal Birds Nature Foundation, told City Express, “Animals Birds Nature Foundation, with Animall.in, recently launched a social event named Bowl of Happyness, covering localities across Bangalore, to provide clean and fresh water. Every animal has the right to fresh water and quench its thirst.”

A three-week project, which started on April 5, it has the approval of Dr Parvez Piran, joint director, Animal Husbandry Department of the BBMP.

“We have also taken permission from the BBMP commissioner to place the bowls in public areas. Gladly, we have people like Mayor B S Sathyanarayana and actor Darshan coming forward to support our cause,” said Shree Kavya.

Around 1,000 bowls have been sponsored by Animall.in and their associates.

“Currently,  we have covered Koramangala, Banashankari II stage and Thyagarajnagar and placed 50 to 60 bowls,” said 18-year-old Anirudh Dutta, who is in his first year of engineering at Jyothi Institute of Technology, a volunteer.

Awareness campaigns

The job doesn’t end with just fixing water bowls. According to Kavya, the group is split into groups and holds awareness campaigns in various areas. “They talk to people about the importance of placing water bowls and refilling them with fresh water. This happens in different areas simultaneously,” she said. Since it is an ongoing project the group is also inviting local citizens to support the cause.

“Volunteers can form groups and contact us for bowls. Transport can be arranged by either party,” said Kavya. The groups are also shooting pictures and videos as part of the project to create awareness in different cities. “We just hope to get more people to support the cause,” said Kavya.

1,000 water bowls

Around 1,000 bowls have been sponsored by Animall.in and  their associates, which will be placed at different areas across the city.

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