Workshops on donkey and horse care are taking place at the huge ‘Neza’ rubbish dump on the outskirts of Mexico, where the equines are used to pull carts loaded with waste.
There are several different organisations working as waste collectors on this site, each with its own leader. An important first step was for all these leaders to attend an initial meeting so that the team could explain the aims of the workshops and talk about the training that would be given. At this meeting, 17 representatives agreed to attend the workshops.
The team discussed the topics they would like to see covered, and a list of subjects was agreed between the group leaders, the vets and the community development and education team. These include how to treat wounds, use harness correctly, administer first aid, and generally manage and care for the horses and donkeys better. Those attending the workshops have their knowledge assessed before and after the sessions, and receive certificates for each workshop they attend.