Everything we do is a training opportunity, including veterinary and other direct interventions. In India, we are working hard to improve the welfare of donkeys employed at many of the country’s brick kilns. Donkeys help their owners by carrying heavy loads of bricks. However wounds are common where ill-fitting pack saddles rub the skin.
Our project is having a particularly positive impact at a brick kiln in Ahmadabad. As a result of involving the local community in veterinary care and harness design, the donkeys at this kiln now have better lives. Tejaji is a community-based animal health worker, selected by his peers and trained by our team, who is in charge of a donkey first-aid kit. This means minor health issues are treated immediately. Initially supplied by our project, the kit is now maintained by the local community, giving them a sense of ownership in the solution to their problems.