Donkey feeding program:
Robin continues his daily feeding of donkeys both for households which have adopted donkeys and also for the donkeys at our temporary sanctuary. The almost thousand employees at the garment factory, after their lunch, dutifully separate appropriate donkey food from harmful items like fish bones. Robin then loads up his three-wheeler and delivers the food.
Special bins for food separation Garment factory workers doing the right thing
A big ‘thank you’ to Rev. Brother Nelson the Vice Director of La Salle English Medium School who gave us a water container for our donkeys at the temporary sanctuary. We also negotiated with Sri Bakery in Mannar Town to collect all the leftover bread for our donkeys. Soon we plan to increase the number of donkeys to our sanctuary.Each day Robin and Kelvin continue to spend time with the twelve donkeys at the sanctuary, taming, grooming and feeding them.
Donkey clinic and community education centre:
Sumangala the architect has redrawn the building plans to incorporate the changes recommended by our advisor, Dr Ramesh, from Donkey Sanctuary India. Now that the go-ahead has been given, Sumangala is developing detailed plans for Pradesiya Sabha (council) approval.
Donkey awareness program:
We visited two schools to arrange the next school-based donkey awareness programs. As the students were having term exams and then holidays, the two principals from Al Ashar Maha Vithiyalayam (Muslim School) and St. Xavier’s Girls College have asked for the programs to be conducted in April after Easter.
Members of the WSDoM (Welfare Society for Donkeys of Mannar) committee agreed to meet the Government Veterinary Surgeons of Mannar with a letter requesting them to visit our temporary sanctuary each month to examine and treat the sick donkeys. The meeting will take place in April.
[Left: The two Mannar vets]
Our donkey work has come to the attention of the Mannar Urban Council Member (councilor) Mr. Printhavanam. He was happy that we were caring for the donkeys and promised to donate a cart for our donkey training.
The cart would look something like this.
Discussions were held with officers of the Uniting Church of Australia in Melbourne to trial travel packages that respect cultures, are responsible, ethical and tread lightly in destination countries like Sri Lanka. Larry Marshall, Program Manager of Uniting Through Faiths, Dr Cynthia Mackenzie, Researcher, Victoria University and Jim Wakelam, Project Manager, Uniting Journeys talked with Bridging Lankaabout the possibility of developing a donkey focused tourismpackage to Mannar.
Thanks AAA supporters for your love and commitment for donkeys. The more time we spend with them, the more we realise how special they really are. Thanks for making our work possible. - Bridging Lanka