Working donkeys in Ethiopia are on their way to having their thirst satisfied as funds have been raised for the first of five permanent water troughs.The trough is part of Brooke USA’s “Buy a Donkey a Drink” fundraising campaign to provide access to water for 13,500 equines in the Shala Woreda (district) of Ethiopia. These 50-foot-long concrete troughs will be located in busy market areas where thousands of animals regularly gather.
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 drink as well.
With a goal of $98,000, Brooke USA is looking to the next milestone of $50,000 by July 15.
The 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. They 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 that they can disseminate information and educate other equine owners and users 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 buy food, clothing, and medicine.
The total fundraising goal is $98,000 over the next two months, which will allow construction of the water troughs to begin at once and be completed in phases by the end of the year.
Donations to the campaign can be made here.