Buy a Donkey a Drink
ACCESSING LIFE-SAVING WATER FOR HORSES, DONKEYS, AND MULES
Many working animals in the developing world are suffering in a chronic state of dehydration. Not only does this cause tremendous suffering, but it can lead to death, which will cause economic devastation for the very poor owners who depend on them and are already living in poverty.
Equine animals are traditionally watered very infrequently, which leads to a great deal of suffering from chronic dehydration, heat stress, colic, and exhaustion, and which also results in severe injuries when the animals then collapse under their heavy burdens.
Brooke USA, the American fundraising arm of the world's largest international equine welfare charity, the Brooke, can supply the solution, with your help.
The goal of our "Buy a Donkey a Drink" campaign is to reduce instances of equine mortality due to lack of access to water by building troughs to serve 11,500 equines.
These troughs will be located where thousands of working horses, donkeys, and mules have access to each of them - like large market areas.
That way many hot and terribly thirsty animals can drink fresh, clean water, keeping them healthier, stronger, happier, and able to continue their very important jobs supporting the families who need them!
Ethiopia has one of the largest equine populations in the world, having more than 9 million working horses, donkeys, and mules.
These animals work hard. Very hard. After they have carried their heavy loads to market they are often exhausted, dehydrated, heat-stressed, and in desperate need of water. But will it be available? It's up to donors like you to decide.
Permanent water troughs can constructed with the help and supervision of the Brooke in public areas in Ethiopia to allow thousands of hard-working equines to quench their thirst after having travelled many miles carrying heavy burdens in the blazing sun.
Equines make significant contributions to the livelihood of rural and urban communities in the developing world.
In the developing world, working equines are crucial to carrying out backbreaking household chores, plowing fields, taking goods to market, earning extra money so families can pay school fees for their children, and to purchase food, clothing and medicine.
They haul construction materials, carry food and water to other livestock, transport relief supplies during natural disasters, and much, much more, all of which contribute to the health and financial stability of individuals, families, communities, and even entire nations.
In areas where women have little - if any - status in society or options for supporting their families, owning a working equine can provide independence and a livelihood.
By improving the welfare of these extremely important animals, the poor families who depend on them will also benefit!
Despite their economic importance, animals live under difficult conditions due to poor handling and poor husbandry practices.
Access to water for both human and animal consumption is often a big problem in many parts of the Brooke program areas. In many places the rainfall is inadequate at best, and the small amount of rainwater doesn't last long due to high evaporation.
Communities usually develop ponds to harvest the rainwater, but that lasts only for few months. There are boreholes/deep wells developed in many areas with motorized pumps. Unfortunately such structures do not often consider the needs of equine animals. There are no proper structures like water troughs and reservoirs to enable equine animals access to life-saving water.
Brooke USA's campaign will create sustainable water supplies for more than 11,500 horses, donkeys, and mules in the Shala Woreda (district) of the Oromia region of Ethiopia!
The sad irony is that owners use donkeys to collect water for themselves and other livestock, but the donkeys themselves are seldom offered water and do not have access to drink from the water they carry for their owners.
Shortage of water for equine animals is an acute problem. Among the most severely water-stressed districts are those in the south of Ethiopia. In the highlands (cooler areas) availability of surface water is better than that of the lowlands. Yet there are a lot of areas without proper structures for animals to access water.
Cognizant of these facts, the Brooke is planning construction of additional water troughs, reservoirs and similar structures to improve the access of equine animals to water. Equine animals are traditionally watered very infrequently, which leads to a great deal of suffering from chronic dehydration, heat stress, colic and exhaustion, and which also results in severe injuries when the animals then collapse under their heavy burdens.
Currently it's common at Ethiopian markets to see animals who have collapsed - and sometimes died - after reaching their destination with their heavy loads. Their futures are sadly uncertain without water or shade to help them revive.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
With your help, Brooke USA will change the outcome for thousands of animals!
Our target areas will allow 80% of the Horses, Donkeys, and Mules to have access to water supply within an acceptable/reasonable distance.
It will also allow 80% of animals in the target areas have water at least once in a day.
The cost of installing Each Large, permanent water trough that can be accessed by dozens of animals at a time Averages $15,000, But Each one will positively affect the lives of thousands of animals and people
Solving water problems in these areas is very complicated and requires a huge investment, which starts from developing new boreholes that extend to more than 1,000 feet deep.
Each concrete trough is approximately 50 feet- long and has a capacity of about 3,500 gallons.
A full trough is able to provide water for more than 340 horses and donkeys with each filling.
Water trough construction and management is not a standalone project – it just forms part of our welfare improvement work in the areas where they are located. As well as educating owners on the importance of regular water, we are helping to provide it.
The troughs will eventually handed over to local committees to manage, ensuring that working equines have continued access for decades to come. The Brooke provides training for water committee members on management of the service and also on equine welfare to make sure welfare improvements are sustained.
This project will ensure that local communities have a greater understanding of how to safeguard water supplies such as building shaded areas near troughs to protect the water and reduce evaporation.
Our project will also establish sheds and tree shades to protect the animals from the sun at watering points.
The impact of this project Funded by Brooke USA donors will sustainably improve the welfare of the neediest equines by reducing their mortality rate in this target area by 45%!
How about holding a fundraising event or putting a group of your friends together to form a "Donkey Drink Syndicate" to fund one of the troughs?
You can run a marathon, hold a garage sale, host a "Drinks for Donkeys" cocktail party, sell items on ebay, or create your own unique fundraising event!
Donations in any amount will be a valuable contribution to this exciting and desperately needed project.
In the developing world, working equines are crucial to carrying out backbreaking household chores, plowing fields, taking goods to market, earning extra money so families can pay school fees for their children. They haul construction materials, carrying food and water to other livestock, are vital in transporting relief supplies during natural disasters, and much, much more, all of which contribute to the financial stability of individuals, families, communities, and even entire nations. By improving the welfare of these extremely important animals, the poor families who depend on them will also benefit!
Our goal is to raise $75,000 this summer to complete this project, which will provide life-sustaining and life-saving water for at least
within the first year, and many more for generations to come.
Your tax-deductible donations to Brooke USA for this project will be an investment in assisting both animals and people in a part of the world that is constantly plagued by poverty and drought.
It's a permanent solution to a chronic problem.