A joint education and vet clinic program by Animal Aid Abroad and Nowzad started this month in Afghanistan. To fund this program AAA was successful in receiving two grants from Australian Ethical Group and Lush Cosmetics. A total of $27 400 was received to fund this new program. We greatly appreciate these two organisations for funding this new project for us and Nowzad to help working donkeys.
Working donkeys are the life blood of the local communities all over Afghanistan and Kabul is no exception. Whilst many families have access to motor transport many more do not.
The working donkey is vital to carry supplies (water, food and building supplies) to the many outlying villages including most of the Kabul’s surrounding urban areas that are built on the side of the surrounding mountains. The donkeys are overworked and many years of conflict have left a limited knowledge base of animal welfare and the needs of the donkeys to ease their working conditions and improve their welfare.
The objectives of this program are
- A practical hands on training program for the Kabul university veterinary students 1 day a week and a monthly training session with the trainee paravets.
- Nowzad employs four fully qualified afghan vets (including two females – the first and only in Afghanistan) who will run ‘pop-up’ roadside workshops to educate local Afghan muleteers about the importance of basic health checks of their donkey along with feeding requirements and required vaccinations. All donkeys will be micro-chipped and recorded. Detailed history of ownership and working patterns will be established during the six month period.
- A local farrier will be employed (and retrained if required) to accompany the ‘pop-up’ workshops to check and repair as required hoof care.
- A field and facilities within a local farm will be used to provide grazing and care (under the direct supervision of Nowzad staff) for sick or injured donkeys that need treatment and care beyond the roadside assistance provided.
Nowzad is the ONLY recognised animal welfare organisation in the whole of Afghanistan. The ministry of Agriculture works closely with us and the municipality acknowledges our work as extremely important for not only the animals of Afghanistan, but the people too.
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