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Our Programme

Following Projects / Campaigns

  • 'Beat The Heat' Initiative
  • House Sparrow Nest Building Project
  • Employee / Volunteer Welfare Project
  • Tree Plantation Project
  • 'Learn To Care' Seminars
  • Awareness of Cruelty Free Lifestyle & Vegetarianisms
  • Annual 'Raffle' Fundraising Event
  • Campaign against Tree Cutting on 'Holi'
  • Campaign against Kite Flying on 'Makar Sankranti'
  • Campaign against Fire Crackers on 'Diwali'
  • No Plastic Project
  • Wild life Health & Conservation

Beat the Heat:

Every summer, stray cattle, dogs and other animals thirst for water in the sweltering heat. last year, PAWS launched 'Beat the Heat' initiative which involves building water troughs near pavements and roadside edges.
These are square-sized mud pots affixed previously & now round sized cement pots filled with water everyday. Now the thirsting cow or working donkey, running cat or stray dog or even flying crow will have drinking water facility. The project is funded through local donations and managed by Ward Foundation trustees.

House Sparrow Nest Box:

ESo far little attention is given on the conservation, research and practical conservation measures for House Sparrows and Common birds. We at PAWS aim to change this with the World House Sparrow Day, the conservation of common species of flora and fauna is equally important as threatened species because today's common species only become tomorrow's threatened and endangered species.

House Sparrows and other common birds are declining across the Globe:

This 20th March, thousands of people around the world will be taking part in World House Sparrow Day (WHSD) events to draw attention to the decline of House Sparrows and other common birds.
The central theme for the introductory year of World House Sparrow Day will be - "Help House Sparrows" – which aims to highlight reasons for decline like lack of nesting sites, food, effects of pesticides, microwave pollution and how we can help them in fighting against these odds.
It's not only that the House Sparrows are decreasing but also the other common birds and the decline of Common species like House Sparrow which is a bio-indicator of the environment is a grim reminder of the polluted environment that we all live in. Below are the few reasons why sparrows are vanishing…

1. Change in building Architecture

With increasing number of match box type building (buildings which have place for birds to make nest) being made House Sparrows have little nest building opportunity.

2. Urban Green Desert

Today the gardens are full of exotic species of plants which have of no ecological role to play and are of no use to the birds and insects. These exotic plants are a stress of vital resources like water and require large quantities of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. There is a urgent to need to create more awareness in this regard and replace these species with native species.

3. Changing attitude and lifestyles

Changing attitude of people towards birds and biodiversity is one of the most important reason why conservation of so biodiversity becomes so difficult. People today are to busy in their day to day life and have little time to think about birds.
Once upon a time people did not mind House Sparrows making nests in their homes and also regularly feed the birds with food and clean water. But with changing lifestyle House Sparrows are not welcomed and feeding the birds is a practice which has been forgotten in modern India. Also traditional feeding grounds of House Sparrow like open grain markets have declined.
The modern house wife is busy in her daily saas – bahu serials hence also does nutlike to sit and clean grains but prefers buying pre cleaned and packed grains, pulses and flours.

4. Mobile Towers and cell phones

The advent of other man made threats like increasing numbers of mobile phone towers and microwave pollution is silent killer of House Sparrows.
The best example of negligence towards common birds is the case of Indian vultures which till a decade ago was one of the most common raptor in the world and is today on the brink of extinction. We don't want the same thing to happen to House Sparrows or any common bird or flora and fauna for that matter.
Group of college students from Pillai's College of Arts, Science and Commerce in New Panvel are doing their bit to attract sparrows in the urban settings. The group has decided to build sparrow nest (Shelter) from unwanted college furniture in a bid to protect the little house sparrow's nest with the help from PAWS.
Last year the Children's Academy School donated sparrow next boxes to we and this year, the students fromPillai's college agreed to donate the same. Bhanage further informs that he is planning to take up the cause in Thane and other neighbouring suburbs also in the coming days.

Employee/Volunteer Welfare Project

WARD Foundation operate through volunteers as well as staff throughout year. Mainer time's staff / volunteers involved with risk. PAWS annually organizes vaccination drives for volunteers, provide different advanced rescue materials. Below are the ways PAWS helps the staff & volunteers.

1. Every year hold WARD Foundation annual vaccination program of Anti-Rabies drive for volunteers and staff. Since the staff and volunteers are involved in daily rescue work of animals. In year 2009 around 23 volunteers & 4 staff members vaccinated against rabies.

2. WARD Foundation provides different rescue equipments like gloves, bags, pet carriers, graspers & grabbers to help staff and volunteers to do their task properly.

3. WARD Foundation also provide Medical & Life Insurance to its entire staff and to the volunteers involved with risk. In year 2009. 4 staff & 3 volunteers provided with insurance policies.

4. Provide adequate training to its staff & core volunteer involved with different operations of organization. Every year we keeps small budget aside for training, workshops of staff / volunteers for the capacity building. We timely send out volunteers / trustees & staff for different conferences / workshops through out India organized by liked minded NGOs.

5. WARD Foundation also takes students for internship from various MBA institutes with India & abroad, from 1 week to 6 months so that the students can learn functioning of we , participate in activities and events, contribute to cause along with enhancing their knowledge. We also makes understands the interns to support the social causes while doing professional jobs.

6. WARD Foundation also provide educational material, shares information for different projects taken by volunteers / college / school students on subjects of animal welfare, wildlife & environmental issues. PAWS is always concentrates on awareness among youngsters. This way WARD Foundation tries to develop the skills of volunteers / students

Tree Plantation Project

All are aware about plantation site at open land and sides of Road s where the Forest Department has given free of barren land to to be developed as forest. Ngo along with the students/employees of schools, colleges and corporate being the Participatory Organizations, had planted trees on this site during the monsoon . WARD Foundation every year participate with more then 30 volunteers in their efforts to make this land a green world. This year's plantation, too, would be concentrated on this site. Apart from plantationSchedule of activities planned activities on this site during years along with all other necessary instructions and details are given separately to all ward volunteers. All the readers are requested to participate in these events on as many occasions as possible along with the members of their respective families.

No Plastic Project

Every year take charge of the plastic pick-ups that has been generated during the plantation activities in monsoon. Ward team pick-up all plastic & send it to municipal dumping ground and hand it over to rag pickers which goes for recycling. War d also declared that zone as Plastic Free Zone. The banner of the same was also put-up there.

'Learn To Care'

Seminar / meeting /conference attain and organized for Society for Animal and human welfare

Awareness On 'Cruelty Free Lifestyle and Vegeterianism'

Ward Foundation believes in vegetarianisms & wish to spread awareness…
In recent years, the vegetarian diet has increased in popularity. And while many people are vegetarian for cultural, religious or ecological reasons, more and more people are converting to vegetarianism for health benefits. The vegetarian food-style has been called "a healthier way to eat" for many reasons. Vegetarian diets have been credited with decreasing the incidence or severity of heart disease, hypertension, diverticular disease, cancer of the breast, colon, prostate and lung, and osteoporosis and gallstones.
The term "vegetarian" is used quite broadly to describe individuals ranging from true or pure vegetarians, to lacto-ovo vegetarians and semi-vegetarians.
True vegetarians or vegans avoid all foods of animal origin, including eggs, dairy foods, gelatin and honey. Lacto-ovo vegetarians avoid all animal products except eggs (ovo) and milk products (lacto). Most vegetarians fall into this category.
People who are moving towards a vegetarian food-style are called semi-vegetarians. These individuals are eating less animal foods but are not ready to give them up for good. Eggs, milk products and limited amounts of fish, chicken and sometimes meat are still eaten.
The health benefits associated with vegetarianism go beyond simply having better eating habits. People who have been following a traditional vegetarian diet for many years may be healthier because they also tend to avoid or use less alcohol, caffeine and refined foods. Meatless Day, Animal Rights Day, Consumer Day etc. are celebrated in ward foundation to create awareness among youth.

Annual 'Raffle' Fundraiser Event

PAWS purely run on local donation & its own fundraising activities. Fundraising isa engine that drives all successful nonprofit work. Fundraising is telling people what we need. Having increased our ambit of work, our expenditure has also mounted multi-fold. Our expenses are such that we cannot delay them e.g. salaries and wages to staff, medical treatments of animals, medical bills, ambulance fuel, etc. Our situation today is that if we cannot raise funds, we cannot remain afloat, and may have to curtail some of our activities, which will be a sad day for animal welfare. So PAWS does many activities of fundraising like Raffle Event, Selling co-branded Cloths, Old newspaper collection, Christmas Merchandise etc.

Awareness on Holi

The Bhavishya purana narrate a story in context of this festival as follows - Ademoness invaded a village and started harassing little children. Hence the people obscenely abused and cursed her, they lit a fire everywhere to frighten her and drove her away.
At home we respect, care and protect all our plants and trees and in the vicinity around us we pretend to ignore and over look the ones destroying them. A standing example is the on set of this tree wood burning (BON FIRE) festival and with it burning the hard labor of planting and caring for trees all year round. The felling has already begun and by the onset of HOLI these living silent trees will appear bald, disfigured and finally disappear. Who is to be blamed for all this act of taken for granted attitude that is going on making us silent spectators? Are our brothers and sisters who celebrate holi the only culprits of this, the authorities, or we the citizens? Who ever may be responsible, but the accusing finger points to us in the first place and then to the authorities who are waiting for the pyre to be lit of our beloved TREES who CRY UN-HOLY lament at the on approaching FESTIVAL of HOLI.
Are the sleeping authorities defeating the TREE AUTHORITY and DIFFERENT MAHANAGAR PALIKA's efforts of growing more trees of a clean and green culture. Book these culprits with a hefty fine or make them plant ample trees as a punishment by setting a trend of no toying with the law. The authorities should make it a point to visit these holi pyres' a day before and question and cross verify proof of purchase of wood. All this needs to be taken in the right spirits of celebrating this Indian Spring Festival of HOLI in its true spirit of its originality and spirituality sparing TREES which possess life.

Brochure on illegal Tree Cutting

PAWS also published brochure information against Tree Cutting for use of general public.

Awareness on Eco-friendly Holi

To avoid environmental deterioration due to Holi / Rangapanchami some things should be taken into account while celebrating it.

  • Do not cut green trees to burn in fire/ Holi.
  • Collect dead wood and leaves for burning.
  • Bonfire would be of small in size.
  • Organize one symbolic community fire, rather than several smaller bonfires across the city as a way to reduce pollution and deforestation.
  • Use combustible waste material rather than wood like coconut coir, saw dust, or agricultural waste like dry grass, wheat straw etc.
  • Celebrate holi as a Dry Holi to avoid wastage of water.
  • To make aware people about environmental impacts of celebrating holi by traditional way and encourage people to celebrate it in an Eco friendly manner.
  • Avoid use of chemically produced colour powders and pastes to prevent health hazard & environmental degradation.
  • The safest alternative is the herbal dye.
  • These dyes have turmeric and other floral and herbal extracts that act as anti-oxidants and are ultimately beneficial to the skin.
  • Also, these are eco-friendly and do not harm the environment.
  • Further, this herbal colour does not cause any irritation, skin allergies, respiratory problems or damage to your vital organs.
  • When these colours are mixed with the soil and water they do not add toxicity to them, therefore it doesn't harm the myriad life forms that live in the soil and water.
  • By this we can bring back in large quantities the diverse plants and trees that give us these colours.
  • In the Holi fire, all kinds of material other than the organic ones and those that cause harm, such as plastics, tyre tubes should be avoided as it gives rise to air pollution.
  • To teach children in schools preparation of their own Holi colors from natural and safe ingredients like beetroot rose petals, flowers, spinach and turmeric.
  • By Playing Holi the Vedic Way by using safe, natural colors, we not only save our skins but also help save our environment and conserve our biodiversity.

'Anti-Kite Flying' Campaign

Every year people celebrate "Makar Sankranti" with a lot of fun and happiness, but at what cost?
Each kite that gets cut, is causing at least 1 bird to get injured. if it dies, then at least it's at peace, but there are lakhs who are crippled and dangling from trees for days on end, without any food / water and anyone to care about!
There are so many kids running on busy roads, with sticks in hand, and they also don't consider cars at all! They are running blindly, and get hurt. There are other stories also about pillion riders having their throats cut sitting on bikes, or even while walking on road, people get entangled in this manja mess.
Anyways, people please don't fly kites on Makar Sankranti, and even if u do, then please don't use the ones with a glass manja. If your kite gets cut, u can get a new one, but where are birds going to get their wings or lives from?

If ever, u see an injured bird in following cities, contact the no's given below:

Below are the numbers extracted from Ward Foundation brochure on 'The Number that Matter for Animals'. During Makar Sankranti most of 'NGO's' are on calls of rescue but very few knows that FIRE BRIGADE also helps in rescuing birds. Below are helpline numbers Makar Sankranti .

'Anti-Fire Crackers' Campaign

Campaign against Fire Crackers on 'Diwali'
Diwali is festival of Lights wherein people / children burst fire crackers. Fire Crackers frighten animals & Birds! Eventually it harms them! We @ PAWS undertake massive Awareness before every diwali to create awareness among children especially not burn the fire crackers.