Only 48 hours old, while being born we suspect a hyena tried to steal him, but only managed to get a hoof and fetlock. Problem was that he was expected to travel 7km to get water then back so mom could eat. After educating now food and water is being brought to them and they are kept in a secure environment and being monitored by a qualified person. Such a brave young man.
As we mentioned in the last post, education is a huge part of our work. We work alongside two other organisations – Aware Trust, http://www.awaretrust.org/ and SPANA https://spana.org/about-us/our-work/zimbabwe/.
A lesson is trimming in conjunction with Aware Trust and SPANA.
This is an image taken from a teaching program in a school where we worked alongside Aware Trust and SPANA. There is a great desire to learn over here, and we do our best as education is the way forward.
The children love their donkey’s, and educating them in how to care for the donkeys is incredibly rewarding. The children want to learn – they will grow into the adults who create a new life for these trusting and noble creatures who give and give.
In the next post we will introduce you to Lucky – the incredible donkey who is now the star character in a series of educational books we are creating for children!
Life is lived mostly on the road for us. Travelling through the heart of the African bush in our truck and sleeping beneath the wide, starlit sky.
We drive in this truck
and sleep here, next to boxes of salt licks for the donkeys and our equipment for doing their teeth and feet.
Our days are spent providing care to as many donkeys as possible. These two are having their teeth rasped and the amazing thing is – they have never had this done before, yet they are standing in trust with no halters.
Having their teeth done is also vital. Many of the donkeys have never had their teeth done, and have ill-fitting bits which hurt their mouths. This guy had a rotten tooth and was in so much pain he could not even graze properly.
The donkeys wear ill-fitting tack, homemade bits, and struggle onwards. One of the key aspects of our work here is educating the locals on how they can provide the care themselves. More on that in the next post!