Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust
Focus: Animal Care.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust aims to reduce the poverty levels of those living in rural Gambia, through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working horses and donkeys. A healthy working animal can increase a family’s income by up to 500%, but the conditions in Gambia prove difficult for keeping animals healthy. Through the provision of educational animal welfare programmes in schools and with farmers groups, as well as the provision of veterinary treatments we are able to improve the lives of animals and their owners.
We have an equine veterinary centre, run mobile veterinary clinics in surrounding villages, run educational programmes and a twice weekly Donkey Club for the local children to attend with their donkeys. We also provide training for farriers, harness makers and para-vets to equip the Gambian people with the tolls to solve their own problems whilst creating themselves a small business opportunity at the same time.
We also have a Donkey Project, where we loan donkeys out to poor families who are unable to afford to buy their own donkey for their farming duties. These donkeys are monitored regularly by members of our staff to ensure they are correctly cared for. We also work closely with Stella’s School Scheme, a sponsor scheme for school children in our local village, as well as with the Sambel Kunda Village Clinic, a health centre for humans.
Costs & Benefits
Due to the nature of our work we are only able to accept professional volunteers, such as vets, farriers, equine dentists and vet nurses.
All volunteers are expected to ‘muck in’ and be willing to get involved with all aspects of our work. Hours of work cannot be defined due to the nature of our work, but volunteers are expected to attend out of hour’s emergency calls if required.
All volunteers must be comfortable both working and living with a whole range of animals, from chickens to horses!
Volunteers are required to pay £7 per day towards the cost of their stay. This covers food, lodging, water and other hidden costs involved with taking on volunteers.
We also request £15 from each volunteer to contribute towards travel costs from to and from our centre.
Any soft drinks or alcoholic beverages are not included in the £7; these items will be recorded during the volunteers stay and must be paid for before departure.
Not included in the £7 per day is any food or drink purchased whilst at the coast and the costs of this are the responsibility of the volunteer.
All volunteers must be over 18 years old and must be qualified vets, equine dentists, farriers, or vet nurses.
Location: Rural Gambia
Average cost per day: £7
Focus: Animal Care
Skills needed: All volunteers must be over 18 years old and must be qualified vets, equine dentists, farriers, or vet.