Wow - if you like donkeys and the work of The Donkey Sanctuary, you are going to love the following video and photo gallery which take you on a wonderful journey to the world off Lamu, a small island of Kenya where we are helping donkeys.
The expert film and images have been taken and collaborated by media journalist Garth Haley, who got in touch with our PR Office earlier in the year.
He has very generously allowed us to use the images and film to promote our good work for free. Thank you so much Garth.
I asked him to jot down a few words about his trip. I hope you enjoy his memento, amazing imagery and insightful film...
"I came across the story of the Lamu Donkey Sanctuary when I was researching places to visit on a trip around Kenya and Uganda. I was fascinated by the idea that an island with a population of more than 20,000 people could survive with no modern transport - instead the whole island's economy relies on the humble donkey. The donkeys are used for transport, agriculture, and carrying all manner of goods from vegetables to bags of cement. Virtually every family on the island has at least one donkey and many businesses could not get by without them.
The island itself is a bit of a backpacker's destination and can only be reached by ferry after a long and bumpy bus journey (although a neighbouring island has an airstrip), but that adds to its charm. Approaching the historic waterfront from the water is quite a memorable experience. The main town on the island, also called Lamu, is a maze of narrow, winding cobbled streets. Occasionally you have to throw yourself out of the way as the donkeys come trotting past at speed! The atmosphere is very laid back and peaceful, it's largely a Muslim population on the island so there are no bars the town gets very quiet after dark.
The Lamu Donkey Sanctuary sits on the waterfront near the north end of the town. I spent two days there with Abdalla and his staff, who gave me an overview of the Sanctuary, its history and their work, as well a giving me an introduction to the rest of the island.
I also went to a local school to see one of the Sanctuary staff talk to the children about animal welfare, with the class taking place outside in the shade under the branches of a large tree.
The Sanctuary hopes that by educating young children the message will spread to their parents and family members.
The donkeys at the Sanctuary and around the island seemed to be in very good condition, certainly better than I was expecting. I would put this down to the work of the Sanctuary which for 25 years has been helping the donkeys of Lamu and I hope they can continue their work for many more years to come." by Garth Haley.