Six months ago I visited our Ethiopia project and my memories were re-lived last week when I was able to give a talk to colleagues about my experiences.
Our project has an extensive reach to working donkeys and their owners with bases at Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Debre Zeit, Hawassa and Mekele.
Our fantastic teams of vets, animal health assistants, harness makers and education officers helped at least 170,000 donkeys last year alone and I am so glad our charity is there to help them - they really need it.
One story I haven’t been able to share with you yet is this donkey photographed, who had terrible a back sore and received treatment from one of our animal health assistants, Seyoum.
We were at Bejeko village at the time, which is served by our Debre Zeit team. Owners had brought more than 100 donkeys along that morning to receive our help.
This donkey's wound was the size of a cucumber - it was horrific to look at and upsetting to see this donkey had been working in such pain.
Thankfully we were able to treat the donkey and talk to the owner about follow up care; our teams also work incredibly hard to prevent wounds like this in the first place - our community education and awareness work being just as important as our free veterinary service.