Appeal to provide emergency aid to donkeys launched

Global working horse and donkey charity Brooke has today launched an appeal to save vulnerable donkeys living in drought stricken Kenya.

A woman trying to help her donkey up after long walk for water (Pic: The Brooke)

A woman trying to help her donkey up after long walk for water (Pic: The Brooke)

The U.K. based charity is taking action to provide feed and water to almost 14,000 donkeys that provide a lifeline to poor people living in rural areas. Brooke has set a target of £23,600 to be raised through JustGiving.

Along with their owners, Kenya’s working donkeys are suffering from lack of food and water.

Government aid has started, but working donkeys are currently being left out of current emergency response action, so Brooke’s team in Nairobi have stepped in.

Alongside their day to day work, they will be providing water to 13,100 donkeys, and feed to 800.

It’s estimated that one donkey can support a family of six, so the work is also set to benefit 80,000 people.

Below average rainfall has caused a drought in Kenya, and on 10 Feb the Government declared the current drought a national disaster.

It is affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas and is expected to last until July 2017.

Donkey carrying water during drought (Pic: The Brooke) 

Donkey carrying water during drought (Pic: The Brooke) 

Dr Dil Peeling, Director of Animal Welfare and Sustainability at Brooke said: “Crippling seasonal drought is becoming more frequent in Africa. We saw it where we work in Senegal in 2015, and now in Kenya.

“Working donkeys are vital to people’s livelihoods here - they carry water and food for families, fuel and building materials. They help people earn the money they use to put food on the table and children in school.

“Time is running out – we need to act now.”

The drought situation is set to get worse over the coming weeks. To help thousands of people and their working donkeys, support the Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys appeal. 

Go to http://bit.ly/droughtdonkeys to be part of the solution.

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