In 2011 Kenya, along with most of East Africa, was hit by one of the worst droughts to hit the region in over a decade. With crops failing and thousands of animals dying, representatives from The Donkey Sanctuary travelled throughout the country helping farmers and communities on the road to recovery.
The vital task of fetching water for the family and livestock is generally the responsibility of women. In 2012 we asked these women to reflect on their experiences and the important role that donkeys played during the drought.
“I couldn’t carry home a whole maize sack (25kg), not even half a sack, not all the way from Nuu. You know how far that is? It’s far. But the donkey can manage that distance.”
“I can’t carry that much by myself so I only manage to have water because I have donkeys”
“In the drought my donkeys did well by me, I never had to go to bed thirsty.”
The Donkey Sanctuary continues to support communities like Mwingi with free support and advice. The charity has been working in Kenya since 1985 to improve conditions for the country’s 600,000 donkeys.