CONSERVE BATS IN INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BATS, INDIA (9024)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH:
GLOBAL GIVING – ONLINE DONATION
REPORT TITLE: BATS CONSERVATION AWARENESS PROGRAMME FOR WOMEN
REPORT PERIOD: 01.06.12 to 30.06.12
Bats are decreasing day by day in our district. Wherever the Bats are found in large number, there we convened an awareness programme for self help women groups. Then we planned to arrange the Bats protection awareness programme for farmer women. According to that we arranges this programme on Friday the 22nd June, 2012 at Nandagopalapuram. At near by areas of Nandagopalapuram bats are found numerous in number. Here agricultural daily wages labourers are found more than agricultural land owners. They are mostly illiterates. They are earning very small amount for their livelihood. When they become sick they don’t go to the doctors for consultation because they have no enough time. They have strong belief in home made medicines. They have a common idea that the bats would cure Asthma disease. Because of this reason bats are killed large in number. Therefore we gathered the people in this area and created awareness in their minds about the necessity of protecting the bats during this programmme.
This programme was convened by Global Giving aided social worker Mary. In this meet it was emphasized that either we or others should not destroy the species of bats and we must protect the bats species. Some people catch the bats with the help of gypsies. That we find anybody who catches the bats we must inform about them to the forest dept. also it was advised to the participants to warn the others not to catch or kill the Bats. At the end of the programme it was suggested to form a “Adults Watch Committee” to ban the people who catch and kill the bats. It was suggested, “we must be careful. Don’t think that this is the duty of the forest Dept. It is our duty also”.
EXPOSURE VISIT :
We too some SHG women from village Solaipudur to the area where bats are found numerous in number. Through this exposure visit they realized that the Bats species should be protected. The current year 2011 – 2012 in celebrated as Universal Bats year 2011 – 2012. We informed them, “The Bats are rare species. They migrate from one place to the other place.”
Also we took them to the near by forest dept. office area. Also we asked the Forest dept. officials to conduct a meeting for the participants about the protection of the Bats. Forest dept. officials said, “ Most of them think bats are the ugly animals and so they stone and kill the same. Many people think that Bat can be used to prepare the medicine for the recovery of Asthma. For this purpose they contact the gupsies and asked to get the Bats for them, The common people themselves also catch the Bats. We are working to protect the Bats. At the same time you are requested to help in this regard to protect the Bats species”
The participants of the exposure visit came to a good conclusion that they would be helpful to protect the Bats species. But also they will encourage the others to protect the Bats species.
FORMATION OF KIDS CLUB :
It was realized to the adults that the Bats should be protected as they are rare species. Likewise we formed kids club in 2 places. Because it iss essential that the kids also should realize that the Bats should be protected. Among children it is found that they feel ugly about the Bats. The also think that the bats cause danger to the people. Therefore we planned to remove their fear about the Bats and to make them realize that the Bats should be protected. Hence we have formed KIDS clubs at places in Thoothukudi district. Through our senior Trainer Mr.S.Dasan we offered the children the training about the protection of Bats.
Date Area Name Participans Name of the Trainer
16.06.12 Anna nagar 13 Mr. Sudalai
03.07.12 Nehru colony 19 Mr. Dasan
The following points were emphasized during the Training programme :
- Bats should be protected
- Bats won’t cause any trouble to human
- Children should think Bat as 1 of their pet animals
- Children participated interest in this programme
- Children must inform their parents or teachers if they find anybody catches or kills the bats
- Children were also advised not to kill the Bats sportively
REPORT TITLE: AWARENESS OF BATS PROTECTION TO THE SHG MEMBERS
REPORT PERIOD: 17.03.12 to 31.05.12
AWARENESS OF BATS PROTECTION TO THE SHG MEMBERS
As the bats species are destroying day by day, we need to create awareness among the people where these species are abundantly found. For this purpose we convened the meeting at two places as follows
Date : 14.05.12
Place : Nandagopalapuram
No. of Participants : 23
Name of the Trainer : Mrs. Banumathi
Date : 23.05.12
Place : Sottaiyanthoppu
No. of Participants : 19
Name of the Trainer : Mrs. Mary
We chose two SHG groups from each area. Our aim is not only to make awareness among SHG members but also to encourage them to take actions to protect and preserve the destroying bats species. On 14.05.12 from 2 SHG groups 23 women participated in the training programme at Nandagopalapuram. It was emphasized in these two meetings that it is our bounden duty that we must protect the bats species and they are destroyed by the super station about bats would be a remedy for Asthmatic patients. Also some people think that bats have many medicinal effects. Because of this reason also Bats are disintegrated. If these species are destroyed in these manners these species would be vanished fully. This was emphasized clear. This programme was very fine because all the members with the determination to protect the bat species from their destruction and on 23.05.12 at Sottaiyan Thoppu in 19 members from 2 SHG groups of Sottaiyanthoppu. Mrs. Banumathy and Mrs. Mary respectively offered the awareness training to the participants.
1. Awareness camp at Nandagopalapuram
2. Awareness camp at Sottaiyanthoppu
PROJECT TITLE :
CONSERVE BATS IN INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BATS , INDIA (9024)
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH :
GLOBALGIVING – ONLINE DONATION
WORKSHOP ON BATS CONSERVATION
REPORT PERIOD :
24.01.2012 TO 16.03.12
For this programme we selected Biology teachers and Biology students this programme was a one day programme Sonne interesting feature of the workshop are:
¨ Identification of bats
¨ Prevention of myths
¨ Roosting sites of bats in our district
¨ Migration pattern of bats
¨ Govt. of TamilNadu – Dept of Forest prevention Acts and Conservating Procedure
¨ Importance of bats houses
Promise of the participants to co – operate of the conservation technique.
EXPOSURE VISIT / ROOSTING SITES:
Lost quarter (3 Months) from the bats camps (seminar) workshops. we have selected the interested volunteers for the Exposure visit to bats roosting sites.
It would be an adventurous trip, we visited the area near “Aathoor” (migrating bats roosting sites) to view of bats. As they viewed in person they understood more than the seminars. They came to understand
¨ Migrating species / and their roosting sites of bats
¨ Knew the bats catches for Asthma
¨ They understood is purely myths / information
¨ Knew the conservation procedure
¨ Knew about “endangered” status try Dept. of Forest
Totally it was very useful programme for the trainers.
COMMUNITY BASED OUTREACH WORKSHOP AND EXPOSURE VISIT TO ROOSTING SITES
29.10.11 TO 23.01.12
COMMUNITY BASED OUTREACH WORKSHOP :
In our Thoothukudi District bats are caught up by asthmatic patients to eat for their recovery, also it is generally considered as an ugly species. Also in the visual media and film industries bats have been magnified as a symbol of terror and harror. When we start our project in our district it would not be a better entry point to us. How ever this is “International year of bats” we have taken the seminar as our first tool of approach to the near by community at roosting places. We have convene three programmed on bats. In the programme we taught the community the following points specifically
I WORKSHOP :
Date : 14.11.11
Time : 2.00 TO 5 .00 PM
Venue : Derose Centre , Thoothukudi
No. of Participates : 62 students
II WORKSHOP :
Date : 09.12.11
Venue : Vanavil Centre , Thoothukudi
No. of Participates : 97 students
III WORKSHOP :
Date : 10.01.12
Venue : Immayam Trust Office , Thoothukudi
No. of Participates : 27 students x 2 batches
EXPOSURE VISIT TO ROOSTING PLACE
We would select some students of biology (especially zoology ) and so far an experience visit to the bats maximum living areas.. In this occasion as the species identification is necessary. We would include the co implementing partner (Dr. Jeya prabha Prof. zoology sarah Tucker college in the exposure visit, In ours exposure visit the students community about the difference between fruit eating species and insectivorous species . Also we teach about the conservation of the bat species. All participants are interested to participate in the exposure visit with much interest and concern.
INTERACTION WITH FOREST OFFICIALS :
As some people eat the bats for their Asthmatic complaints , the forest dept has announced the bats as endangerous species in our area . In particular area name Aathoor , in our district especially roosting area are numerous in numbers . Still the pouching is continuous therefore we had the consultation with Forest officials and Panchayat leaders of the same in Aathoor we have request the forest officer to appoint the watch guard to avoid the catching of bats . Our staff team with our students , volunteers task force join in the conservatory programme.
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