Donkeys in Tanzania forest
Donkeys in Tanzania forest

Helping working animals in Tanzania

Project name: Meru Animal Welfare Organisation (MAWO)

Project type: Veterinary and training

Location: Arusha

SPANA has worked with MAWO since 2016, improving welfare and helping to protect the region’s 200,000 donkeys from the skins trade. Last year, we extended the range of services offered.

During 2018, the project delivered:

  • a two-day training course for 80 donkey champions
  • mobile clinic services for 12 villages with a total of over 600 donkeys
  • community training for 5,000 owners, supported by instructional videos on welfare, handling, treatment and harnessing
  • construction of a sample cart with comfortable harnessing, for use during community training sessions
  • three workshops in local villages to raise awareness of the donkey skin trade, with delegates comprising owners, community leaders, media and local government

Project name: Sokoine University of Agriculture

Project type: Veterinary and training

Location: Morogoro

Following a 2017 outreach project, SPANA last year entered a longerterm partnership with the university, including a new clinical skills centre, a mobile clinic to reach around 1,000 donkeys, a community training programme and a research programme studying owner attitudes.

Project name: Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals (ASPA)

Project type: Veterinary

Location: Arusha

SPANA’s project with ASPA aims to improve knowledge of equine care alongside supporting the development of more humane attitudes towards working animals.

The programme reached 13 schools last year, training 26 teachers and providing humane education for 483 children.

Project name: Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO)

Project type: Veterinary and training

Location: Iringa

  • 4,892 donkeys were treated
  • 13 community animal health workers were trained
  • a children’s education project was established, including a network of animal welfare clubs
  • community training for owners was introduced

Project name: Tanzania Animals Protection Organisation (TAPO)

Project type: Training and education

Location: Kahama

  • TAPO’s education programme promoted animal welfare at 15 schools with high local donkey populations, reaching more than 2,000 children
  • Over 50 teachers attended a three day humane education seminar
  • 15 animal welfare schools clubs were established

Project name: Tanzania Humane Charity (TAHUCHA)

Project type: Veterinary and training

Location: Bukombe

  • 721 donkeys treated, with common conditions including wounds, babesia, colic, lameness, tetanus and rabies
  • 90 donkey owners trained on basic husbandry topics, including nutrition and housing
  • 200 donkey cart drivers trained on harnessing and equipment

Other countries we work in

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Boy with his donkey in South Africa

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Grey and brown carriage horses

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