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Samson

Samson is one of the first donkeys who came to Nowzad.  One of our neighbours owned him and would use him to carry heavy loads.  

We advised him not to use this donkey for work because he just did not have the strength and energy.  Nowzad rescued Samson from the neighbour to relieve him of his heavy workload.  He is an old donkey and lives a peaceful life at the Nowzad Donkey Shelter now.  He wasn’t so friendly at first but has relaxed in his old age and enjoys the company of people and will even let us hug him.

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Rosie was one of the thousands of donkey’s that are used for hard labour in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Her owner would use her to carry water up to the mountains.  She didn’t get the care she deserves and the workload took a toll on her health.  When she got sick, the owner didn’t want her anymore because she couldn’t do the work that he needed her to do.

She was let out on the streets of Kabul to fend for herself.  A kind man then found her and brought her to the Nowzad Clinic to be treated and taken in.  We gave her the love and care that she needed to get back to health.  Since she was not spayed, she was pregnant.  She delivered her baby under our care.  She is estimated to be about eight years old and has been with us since 2013.  She is a quiet donkey and keeps to herself, surveying everything and taking things in. We let her come to us on her terms and we feel very special when she does.

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Khushi is probably one of the only donkeys in Afghanistan who has never been saddled up, or made to work.  She has not worked one day in her life because she was born at the Nowzad Shelter.  She is Rosie’s daughter.  Khushi means “happiness” in Dari.  She really is a happy donkey and shows it.  She comes up to people and loves to be fussed over.

She loves ginger snap cookies and is very mischievous, as she will steal the entire bag away from our hand if we stand close to her.  She is three years old.  

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A foreign lady saw Jalala next to a mountain and immediately knew she had fallen down it.  The owner had unfortunately abandoned her because she could not work anymore.

The foreign women brought Jalala to the Nowzad clinic. We checked her and she had lots of injuries on her legs and had a weak nerve support on right front leg. The Foreign women named her ‘Jalala’, which means beautiful in Dari. After a lengthy treatment and physiotherapy, she recovered and now is in our donkey shelter. She is old and does not have most of her teeth so we give her lots of fruits and vegetables which she loves to spend time chewing, they make her very happy. Despite everything she’s been through, she is friendly and lets people pet her.

 

 

 

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Rehabilitating Donkey Shelter Development:

With funds generously donated from Animal Aid Abroad, Nowzad was able to begin construction on the first ever Donkey Sanctuary in the whole of Afghanistan!

The Nowzad Donkey Sanctuary will be a haven to donkeys that have been over-worked, neglected or abused and is a much needed facility in Kabul where the capital and surrounding areas relies heavily on the use of working mules.

The Sanctuary is currently home to six rescue donkeys and will provide a purpose built resource to carry out our Donkey Care Education Programs as well as a facility for locals to bring their donkeys that need medical attention and general care.

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Rescue ‘Shahzada’ about to leave to go to her new home:

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Total Cost of Construction so far
S/No.  Description  Total Cost ($)
 1  I-beams, Steel rods, sheets, fence,  1,844.36
 Labour  1,323.77
 Straw sheets for ceiling  90.46
 Concrete Masonry Unit 460.76 
 Cement 1,048.22 
 Sand 317.05 
Gravel  288.78 
Wooden beams  52.01 
Downspout, plastic for roof  43.62 
10  Doors & Windows, glass  136.87 
11  Steel door  75.89 
12  Electric  847.20 
13  Paint  18.45 
14  Wheelbarrow,Shovels,and transport  73.88 
15  Miscellaneous material  61.47 
Total   6,682.79 
Total Cost of Additional work required
S/No Description Total Cost ($)
1 Outdoor Fencing 540.00
2 Yard Fencing 1,500.00
3 Ceiling for storage 300.00
4 Construction of 2 additional stables 2,00.00
Total 4,340.00
*Note - Shelter rent and staff wages NOT included

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Our Afghan Princess –Shahzada - From abused and abandoned on the streets of Kabul to utter contentment in her very own stable:

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Our Afghan Princess –Shahzada - From abused and abandoned on the streets of Kabul to utter contentment in her very own stable!

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Dehmazang gets a carrot from Nowzad Donkey Muleteer Juma

 

 

nowzad july17 8New Donkey Sanctuary Staff Member!
Name: Nazir Rahmani

How old are you? 19
Where were you born? Kabul
Why are you working with Nowzad? I am working to support my family as I am the sole provider.
Are you happy working with this Donkeys? Yes, I love looking after donkeys, they are gentle and kind
What do you hope for the future of Afghanistan? I hope for Peace for Afghanistan
What message do you have for the donors who have funded the Nowzad Donkey Shelter? I really appreciate it and thank you. Our country needs people like you to make it a better place.

 

nowzad july17 9New Donkey Shelter Staff Member!
Name: Sayeed Rahaman

How old are you? 45
Are you married? Yes
Where were you born? Kapisa
Why are you working in Nowzad? My family is very large so I need to work to provide for them.
Are you happy working with the Donkeys? Yes, I really enjoy my job and I am proud of what I do.
What message do you have for the donors who have funded the Nowzad Donkey Shelter? Thank you for your important support
What do you hope for future of Afghanistan? Happiness and Peace

 

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The Nowzad Donkeys enjoying their new grazing area next to the Sanctuary

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….and it’s not just the donkeys who are happy with the new Shelter!

 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT ANIMAL AID ABROAD FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!

 

 

Current Situation:

nowzad june16 1The Nowzad donkey stables and sanctuary in Kabul, Afghanistan has now reached maximum capacity with our latest rescued donkey to arrive. Left to die on the side of the dirt track, a donkey that has only known hard labour her entire life is discarded like a piece of trash.

Abandoned by her callous former owner on the side of the road where she had collapsed, most likely to her old age as her front legs could no longer cope with the tremendous loads she had continually been forced to carry. Sadly; it would not have been a peaceful ending; a hungry stray dog pack lurked nearby with clear intentions of eating well that night.

But by a miracle of being in the right place at the right time Shahzada won the Afghan donkey lottery. Our team did not know the extent of Shahzada’s injuries but they knew there was no way they could just walk on by. A truck was rented and after a herculean effort Shahzada was transported to the Nowzad clinic and safety. The Nowzad vets set straight to work administering pain killers and antibiotics to treat the horrible open sores and wounds that covered her body and naming her Shahzada; (Afghan Dari for Princess).

So now here at the Nowzad shelter; we have a new resident, one who arrived in the worst shape we have seen so far and by her determination to bite or kick all of us, has yet to understand how lucky she was to be found by the Nowzad vet team! (Although I think we can probably understand that after the horrendous life she has endured as an Afghan working donkey).

nowzad june16 2Four weeks of care and treatment later and Shahzada can stand successfully on her own, the open wounds she had on her front legs are healing well and the team are slowly gaining her trust… but she still has a mean kick for an old girl!

Without doubt we now need to expand our stable; The Nowzad donkey stables in Kabul, Afghanistan which is already home to Samson, Rosie, Khushi and Jalala; (Jalala, was found injured in a mountain market and brought to the Nowzad clinic for treatment. Today she is recovering extremely well thanks to the care of our Afghan team and the fabulous donations we have received from our supporters). All four wait patiently for Juma to arrive each morning to lead them out to graze on the mountain side overlooking our Nowzad dog shelter.

Future plans:

We would like to purchase a secure paddock near to the clinic but further funding is desperately required before we can pursue that option. Ideally we would like to launch the Nowzad Donkey appeal to build a fighting fund to secure the long term future of our ever expanding donkey stable by purchasing (or renting) a secure paddock close the vicinity of the Nowzad clinic and ensuring we have funds to meet the daily treatment and care our donkeys need whilst also supporting the working donkeys of Kabul with ‘roadside’ on the spot welfare and treatment so we can try and prevent other donkeys being abandoned so callously on the side of the road.

Donkeys in Afghanistan have no choice but to endure hard labour for their whole lives. For the remote villages in Afghanistan donkeys are the life blood; they carry vital supplies to places cars just cannot travel to. All five donkeys at the Nowzad stables will once again this year be part of our expanding educational program for Kabul veterinarian students who attend practical hands on training at the Nowzad clinic and stables/shelter.

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The promotion of animal welfare in Afghanistan is a slow process, hampered by the constant threat of a worsening security situation and the previous lack of welfare action over the course of the last 30 years.

But Nowzad in co-operation with partners such as the marvellous team at Animal Aid Abroad and their supporters can and will make a difference in the long term. Our working donkey compassion project in association with Animal Aid Abroad and a grant from Australian Ethical has been a fantastic success and we look forward to continuing it during the Afghan summer.

Samson

Samson; the old man of the Nowzad stables is very content these days to do nothing but graze his days away on the hillside overlooking the Nowzad shelter. Friendly only with his carer Juma, Samson has proved he is not overly interested in assisting with the training of future Afghan veterinarians.

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afgh july16 3Rosie

It has taken many years for Rosie to forgive. The years of hard labour an almost insurmountable barrier for her to forge a friendship with the Nowzad team. But finally Rosie we believe is starting to trust our good intentions.

Rosie is still very protective of Kushi, her nearly three year old offspring and they are never more than feet away from each other on the hillside. Rosie definitely speaks Dari as she is demonstrates her trust of Dr Maliha although cleaning her hooves is a three person task!

Kushi

The friendliest donkey in the world. Raised in the Nowzad shelter nearly three years ago it took us awhile to realise that Kushi (Dari for happiness) actually thought she was a dog. Kushi is often used as our demonstration donkey for Afghan veterinarian student training as she loves the human interaction.

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afgh july16 6Jalala

Found injured on the side of a mountain Jalala limping badly with a severely damaged front leg and possible hernia. After loving care and treatment by the Nowzad vet team Jalala has made an almost full recovery and is a perfect example of how working donkeys would benefit from rest and care by their owners. Now housed with Samson (he has had the snip!) Jalala at last, will allow our vets to brush her coat and clean her hooves.

Again as an older donkey Jalaha has no fear of being made to work again. She will live out her life at the Nowzad stables.

A New Rescue and News on the Mobile Donkey Clinic

The Nowzad donkey stables in Kabul, Afghanistan has just gained a new resident, who we are guessing due to her determination to bite or kick all of us, has yet to understand how lucky she was to be found by our vet team. But I guess that is understandable after what she has been through for many years.

Shahzada; (Afghan Dari for Princess) was found abandoned by her callous former owner on the side of the road where she had collapsed, most likely to her old age as her front legs could no longer cope with the tremendous loads she has continually been forced to carry her entire working life.

And sadly; it would not have been a peaceful ending; a hungry stray dog pack lurked nearby with clear intentions of eating well that night.

Our team did not know the extent of Shahzada’s injuries but they knew there was no way they could just walk on by. A truck was rented and after a herculean effort, Shahzada was transported to the Nowzad clinic and safety. 

Not that Shahzada knew that; her initial kicking and biting has continued even though we have been looking after her now for over three weeks but at least now she can stand successfully on her own! The open wounds she had on her front legs are healing well and the team are slowly gaining her trust…

Without doubt we now need to expand our stable; the most likely option being to purchase a secure paddock near to the clinic but further funding is desperately required before we can pursue that option.

The Holy month of Ramadan has just started so for us it will be a quiet period, our roving donkey patrols that deliver donkey welfare education on the side of the road have had to stop due to our staff observing the daylight fasting that is required, (40 C heat, still working but not drinking is no mean feat..).

The security situation is sadly not improving, the kidnap threat is at an all-time high but the Nowzad team are as determined as ever to continue making a difference and the support of Animal Aid Abroad and their amazing supporters is allowing us to do just that.[ Update from Pen Farthing, Founder NOWZAD]

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