The Donkey Sanctuary has a mission: To transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
In Malawi the Donkey Sanctuary UK supports the LSPCA to provide veterinary care, education and support to 1000's of donkeys and their owners each year. Donkey owners in Malawi are now able to confidently use a hand tool to establish the welfare of their animals and seek advice or veterinary care at the right moment.
Grooming and hoof care is part of routine welfare given to donkeys as donkey owners receive training from a well experienced farrier. Donkey carts are now manufactured in Malawi and the farmers are eager to try out a purpose built donkey plough to prepare their fields for planting. The donkey carts and correct harnesses are locally made and allow for friendly communication between the owner and the donkey. Donkeys pulling carts specifically designed for them are more willing and productive at doing their job.
I am so grateful to the LSPCA for bringing this project to my people as we are not always able to afford the high costs of veterinary care and medicines for large animals. I understand that we as donkey owners have to change our ways of treating our animals and together with the LSPCA we will be able to improve the wellbeing of our donkeys - Group Village Headman Maziro, Mpingu EPA in Lilongwe.