Her Majesty Queen Camilla recently visited Brooke’s East Africa programme, to learn how the charity is promoting equine welfare in the region, as part of her State Visit to Kenya,
In Kenya, donkeys are primarily relied upon for the transport of water, firewood, produce, and commercial goods, as well as working in extractive industries in extremely challenging conditions. Many of these equines are affected by poor welfare, so Brooke East Africa was set up in 2013 to improve conditions for the animals and their communities.
During her visit, the Queen learnt about Brooke’s work with farriers and harness makers to ensure better welfare for animals. Her Majesty was also introduced to a Donkey Care Club, where local children are taught how to look after their donkeys, and a project in partnership with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA).
Queen Camilla, who has been President of Brooke since 2006, has travelled the world to see Brooke’s work in places such as Egypt, Pakistan and India.
“We are honoured to have Her Majesty visit Brooke’s work in Kenya,” said Chief Executive of Brooke, Chris Wainwright. “Her love and passion for equines is well known, and her commitment to promoting the welfare of working equids is an inspiration for everyone in the Brooke family, wherever they work in the world. Such visits help us to showcase the immense contribution that working horses, donkeys and mules make to some of the poorest communities in the world.”
Lead image: Queen Camilla feeds a Donkey during a clinic session. Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage