I just came to know about the beautiful app called ‘The Bird Tap App’.
Yes, I used the word ‘beautiful’ as after knowing about this it put a big smile on my face and I am touched by the innovative idea to help those thirsty birds on hot summer days.
Now there’s an app that not only helps you set up an earthen bowl for the birds but also helps you remember to refill the bowl whenever the water dries up.
Introducing Bird Tap, a mobile app designed and launched by Surat-based animal welfare NGO, Prayas Team Environment Charitable Trust, in collaboration with Humane Society International, Hyderabad.
The app helps users get free-of-cost water bowls and install them in public or private places where they can be accessed easily by birds. Prayas has set up several water bowl distribution centres across Surat.
These earthen bowls are made from a special soil that keeps the water cool during summer – hence, they are not easily available in the market. Users can register with the app by providing their names and mobile numbers. They can then see the list of water bowl distributors and choose the one closest to them.
A unique token number is then provided to the user, which he/she can use to avail of the free water bowl from the selected distributor. After receiving the bowl, users can confirm receipt by pressing the “pot received” button on the screen.
The next step is the most crucial one. It requires the user to actually install the water bowl and take a photo of the same and upload to the app for the purpose of verification. Users can choose the visibility of the post as either “public” or “private”.
While the location of a public pot will be visible to all the other users and they too can refill the pot if they want, a private pot’s location will not be disclosed to anyone. Users will also be required to maintain and refill the bowls on a regular basis.
The amazing thing is that it is Launched in May 2015and the Bird Tap application already has more than 3,500 users.
Currently this app is working in just Surat city in Gujarat, the Prayas team now wants to expand its reach to other cities across India as well. The Prayas team is open to sharing its model with anyone who wants to start a similar initiative in his/her city.
The app is currently available only on Android and the Prayas team is working to make it available on iOS too.
To know more about their work, contact the team at – firstname.lastname@example.org or visit – www.prayas-india.org