A Message from M,A,W,O President, Johnson Ly-
We thank the donors, community, staff, and volunteers for their support! You are the fundamental catalyst for MAWO to continue on a path towards sustainability and success. Commitment and innovation are the driving force behind our future success and I invite you all to join us on this journey to ensure that MAWO becomes a sustainable and essential organization within our community. Like all non-profit organizations, we must remain committed to our goals. If the milestones we have reached over the past few years are an indication of what our future holds then I am sincerely excited to see what the future holds for MAWO.
Arusha Christmas Fair
This annual event was conducted at TGT grounds Arusha on November 14-15, 2015. Activities included exhibiting and selling of different products. MAWO joined the two day event by showing what we contribute to the society on animal welfare issues. We saw great local support and would like to thank everyone for stopping by our stand.
Meru Farmers Fair
On the 19th to 21st November 2015 MAWO attend the Meru Farmers Fair conducted annually at Kikatiti grounds. We participated by having a stand presenting Donkey welfare issues and solutions and the positive impact it can have on farming activities.
Spay and Neutering Program
Our spay and neuter campaign still continues under www.gofundme.com/streetdogneuterday .The primary Aim is spaying female dogs, therefore reducing the number of pups born each year, gradually lowering the number of street and feral dogs also leading to reduction of related diseases and infestations into rural communities. A huge thank you to all volunteer vets (Private and Government Vets) and donors that makes this possible.
Hand On Donkey Assessment
We held a community forum and training in Loibosoit and Emboret Communities in the methods of assessing the following: - behavior, body condition, wounds, lameness and other signs of disease. This was done following the Donkey Sanctuary UK assessment pack. Participants included stakeholders, Government officials (ward executive officer and village executive officer), district animal inspectors, Edamunoto Osikiria Loibosoit Simanjiro (EOLS) and rectors from two livestock colleges from Emboret and Loiborsoit. The session included focus group discussions where participants gave ideas, asked questions and learnt skills at the same time. During the same training we practiced the cart technology, which is still new at Maasai community.
Veterinary Care (A new parternship with Animal Aid Aboard)
MAWO has formed an exciting partnership with Animal Aid Abroad to support Donkey Mobile Outreach Clinic in Simanjiro district. The aim of mobile clinics is to promote prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders and injuries in donkeys. Although donkeys are very hardy animals they are susceptible to various diseases and health problems and are more likely to resist illness if they are not overworked. We provide advice on vaccinations, routine treatments (de-worming), wound treatment, hoof trimming and eye care. We also provide drugs and advice on where they can be obtained. From July to September MAWO has treated 978 donkeys in the Simanjiro area.
MAWO School Clubs
Our established education program based on Hand On Donkey Welfare continued locally at Loiborsoit, Kitefu and Songoro Primary Schools. We conducted a training workshop on the making of harnesses and pack saddles which was done using locally available materials that protect the spine of a donkey and prevents wounds. Another successful way to educate the younger generation and to encourage the end of animal abuse is through the use of games and competitions such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey and picture painting competitions, both of these are very popular at the school clubs.
MAWO staff have received more training in Dar Es Salaam & Nairobi from Donkey Sanctuary UK on the Hand On Donkey Welfare assessment pack and cart & saddle harness training. This helps the MAWO team to offer up to date and expert advice on Donkey welfare. A huge thank you from all of us.
Training Collaboration with WTG and Animal Colleges
This November MAWO started a long term partnership with WTG Animal Welfare Organization based in Germany. The aim of this collaboration is to improve the long-term situation of livestock and domestic animals through educational work in both community and tertiary settings. We aim to do this through engaging the local community and encouraging them to participate and by offering advanced training in livestock colleges. The core of the training and education will improve the well-being of domesticated animals by stopping neglect, mistreatment, abuse and inhumane killings. We conducted a five day theory and two day field practical workshop based on Animal Welfare with Livestock College 2nd year students studying Animal Health Diploma (AHD) which was really positive. 18 students took part and we would all like to thank Dr. Tina, Dr. Ruprecht from WTG, Dr. Onyango from Donkey Sanctuary Kenya and Dr. Katurisa from MAWO who together made this training successful.
We provide information access and training (theory and practical) to college students working with Hand On Donkey Welfare at LOBOSOIT COLLEGE which adds to the students specialized skills and compliments what they are being taught, further enabling them to offer veterinary assistance to animals in all corners of the country in the future.
- Poor harnesses don’t just cause physical wounds but can affect other welfare signs such as behavior, poor body condition, lameness, and certain diseases such as tetanus. These can all be related to poor harness use, inappropriate materials, ill fitting harnesses and poor harness maintenance.
- Assessing welfare using the ‘Hand’ which is a fundamental part of all of our work.
- Learn how to make pack saddles from locally available materials that protect the spine of a donkey.
World Rabies Day
This international campaign aims to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals and takes place annually on 28th September. Rabies is still a significant health problem in many countries of the world. MAWO has conducted clinics in regions with large numbers of unvaccinated street and domestic dogs. MAWO vaccinates street dogs and dogs whose owners can't afford vaccinations. A total of 338 Dogs were vaccinated in Mererani town in Simanjiro District alone.