It was finally time to wave goodbye to Mexico and to the team we had become so close to during our two-week trip.
Spending hours squeezed in together driving around in our A-team van and experiencing such pivotal events with people who only two weeks ago were total strangers really helped us forge a bond that we hope lasts for many years to come.
Our experiences in Mexico were utterly humbling. We witnessed the difficult challenges faced by the working donkeys, but also saw the humanity in people who are living in these challenging conditions themselves. We met wonderful people like Gerado ("Building a brighter tomorrow" blog) and Guillermo ("The little donkey that could" blog) who are open-minded enough to change their ways and beliefs and join our fight for a kinder future for working animals.
The DS-UNAM team in Mexico is made up of hard-working, compassionate people who give their all for equine welfare; they have made such a massive difference already and continue to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Although some of the harrowing sights we saw were painful to witness, it was the only way to begin to truly understand the barriers we as a charity are up against. These sights will stay with us forever, but will also make us more determined to continue supporting the work that Dr Svendsen MBE dedicated her life to.
We have both come away with a very positive outlook for the future of working donkeys. We are not naïve or blinkered to the suffering and neglect that still occurs around the globe or to how much of an uphill struggle changing this will be. But we have seen first-hand that positive changes can be made, and this inspires us to keep fighting for donkey welfare globally.