Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 24, 2016 – Brooke USA is excited to announce that as of Aug. 20, thanks to supporters and friends, their “Buy a Donkey a Drink” summer fundraising campaign is nearing successful completion. This campaign is raising funds to construct five permanent water troughs in the drought-prone district of Shala, Ethiopia. So far the campaign has raised enough money for four of the troughs and anticipates funding the fifth by September 15.
The Brooke USA campaign will ensure lifetime access to water for 81,000 livestock animals, including 13,500 horses, donkeys, and mules.
Brooke USA is only $14,500 away from raising enough money to construct this project’s the final water trough. For less than $9 per equine, individual donors can provide lifetime access to water for these working equines and other livestock through the construction of the final 50-foot-long concrete trough that will be located in a very busy market area where thousands of animals regularly gather.
Donations toward this campaign will help 13,500 working equines, which will benefit 67,500 of the world’s poorest people who depend on them, as well as 67,500 other livestock animals! The troughs will allow as many as 340 horses, donkeys and mules to quench their thirst with each filling, and will allow other livestock such as cattle and camels to receive life-saving water as well.
This project also includes training and facilitating “water committees” among the animal owners in the target area who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the water supply service. These water committees have an important role in ensuring that the equines are properly benefitting from the water troughs. The project will also train the committee members on equine welfare so they can disseminate information and educate other equine owners and users coming to the water troughs on equine welfare issues.
In Ethiopia, which is plagued by both drought and extreme poverty, working equines are a lifeline for their owners. They 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.
The animals 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 and communities. Unfortunately, these equines are suffering from a myriad of problems that are exacerbated by chronic dehydration.
The total fundraising goal is $98,000 and Brooke USA is only $14,500 away from reaching this fundraising goal. The construction of the water troughs will begin immediately, and will be completed in phases by the end of the year.