This week’s blog is an update from Johnson Lyimo, president of MAWO (Meru Animal Welfare Organisation) in Tanzania. MAWO receives funding from The Donkey Sanctuary for its community work to improve the lives of donkeys. This includes harness training to help communities produce their own donkey-friendly harnesses, as Johnson explains:
Today’s blog comes from one of our funded collaborators All About Animals in the Gambia. Its work to improve donkey welfare includes community training, such as teaching harness making using locally sourced materials, and welfare education. Jacci Jaques, one of All About Animals’ Trustees, sent us this lovely update about a rescue last year…
Our partner Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) opened its first branch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at the weekend. The centre is a joint collaboration between TAWESO and Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, a youth-led community action and learning programme, and the team were thrilled to have Dr Jane Goodall, world renowned chimpanzees expert and UN Messenger of Peace, as guest of honour to officially open the centre.
“My dream is to improve the lives of working donkeys in the isolated areas of Lesotho; that is my aim” said Sylvester Bereng, a Mosotho (person from Lesotho) who is coming to the end of a six-month equine-welfare inspector training course. Provided by Highveld Horse Care Unit and sponsored by The Donkey Sanctuary, the training means that Sylvester is learning to identify and address welfare problems that he sees by developing his skills in performing clinical examinations, giving basic treatments, cleaning wounds, fitting harnesses etc.
Driving with all ears and eyes on the road, Livingstone Masija, the Programme Manager at ASPA (Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals) expertly navigated the many goats, donkeys, children and chickens that filled the dusty dirt track into the hills to the south of Arusha in Tanzania. I’ve spent the past couple of days with ASPA and our time in the office has been balanced with time in preventing wounds the local markets and wells where the team works so I can learn more about the welfare issues they face and meet some of the donkey owners they work with.