We were as shocked as the rest of the world when several massive earthquakes hit Nepal in April, causing total devastation across the country and the loss of many lives.
With donkeys and mules so important to the survival of people in the Himalayas, we were aware, sadly, that there would be many animal casualties, too. We’ve now heard that some donkeys were killed in a landslide, and how others are helping with the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Two members of our international team had visited just a month before to see how our collaborative work with fellow animal charity Animal Nepal was progressing through the Working Equine Outreach Programme, which reaches 1,000 equines employed in brick kilns in the Kathmandu Valley.
Communications haven’t been easy, so we were relieved to hear that all the staff and donkeys at the Animal Nepal centre were safe. However, one of the donkey shelters did collapse and some donkeys and mules working at the brick kilns were injured. To help the donkeys, mules and the owners affected by this disaster, we have sent extra funding to support Animal Nepal.