Working horse and donkey charity Brooke had a Royal visitor this week, when England’s Queen Camilla called in during a State Visit to Kenya.
Queen Camilla, who has been President of Brooke since 2006, is a strong supporter of equine welfare and has travelled the world to see Brooke’s work in places such as Egypt, Pakistan and India.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla visited Kenya for four days at the invitation of Kenyan President William Ruto,as Kenya celebrates 60 years of independence and its strong relationship with the UK.
During her visit, the Queen learnt about Brooke’s work with farriers and harness makers to ensure better welfare for animals. She was also introduced to a Donkey Care Club, where local children are taught how to look after their donkeys, and a project in partnership with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA).
In Kenya, working donkeys are primarily relied upon for the transport of water, firewood, farm produce, and commercial goods. They also work in extractive industries in extremely harsh conditions. Unfortunately, many of these animals are affected by poor welfare. Brooke East Africa was set up in 2013 to positively impact vulnerable equines and their communities.
Brooke Chief Executive Chris Wainwright said Queen Camilla’s love and passion for equines is well known, and the charity was honoured that she visited its work in Kenya.
“Her commitment to promoting the welfare of working equids is an inspiration for everyone in the Brooke family, wherever they work in the world. Such visits help us to showcase the immense contribution that working horses, donkeys and mules make to some of the poorest communities in the world.”
Brooke operates in more than 10 countries, helping to support over 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules who support the lives of 600 million people. This work is made possible thanks to Brooke’s UK supporters, whose fundraising efforts ensure working animals have a life worth living.
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