In Tanzania, subsistence farmers depend on donkeys to keep their families alive. We’ve seen donkeys used in almost every aspect of transportation- to carry water from miles away, to bring crops to market, or to carry a sick family member to the nearest hospital.
Unfortunately, donkeys are rarely vaccinated, are often equipped with ill-fitting carts and harnesses that cause festering sores, and can become drastically overworked. In the wild, donkeys live up to 30 years, but we’re told that in Tanzania, working donkeys may live only three or four years.
Our partner organization TAPO (Tanzania Animal Protection Organization) is working diligently to enhance the quality and longevity of life for donkeys. They know farmers and families need donkeys to survive, so they focus on education and assistance to create a better life for donkeys throughout northern Tanzania.
We recently partnered with TAPO to host a donkey clinic where we provided education to over 120 farmers and medical assistance to over 760 donkeys.
Here, a TAPO staff member drains an infected wound and talks to the farmer about how to provide the best care to the animal. The farmer is learning to provide a longer, healthier and happier life for the donkey, which will also benefit his family.