The Brooke/DCA partnership
|Donor / contractor||The Brooke Hospital for Animals|
|Period||April 2018 – March 2021|
|Area||Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Nangarhar, Samangan, and Bamyan provinces|
The Brooke Hospital for Animals is a UK registered charitable organisation, which aims to improve the welfare of working equine animals in developing countries. The partnership between Brooke and DCA commenced in April 2008. From 2008 onwards, the partnership has been annually renewed. In April 2018, a three-year agreement has been signed, allowing a more sustainable approach. The new partnership agreement targets the “one welfare” improvement (the working equines, the livelihoods and resilience of their owners and the environment). To enlarge the scope and reach even more equines and other farm animals, the Brooke project will be integrated with the other DCA projects.
The situation of working horses and donkeys in Afghanistan is very bad. Working in harsh conditions, they have to carry heavy loads, and most equine owners lack awareness of good animal husbandry practices. Many horses and donkeys therefore are exhausted and suffering from untreated sores, injuries and diseases.
The DCA/Brooke project is aimed at three areas:
• Local community: building knowledge and skills to unlock compassion for the animals
• Service providers: developing quality services for equines
• Advocacy: gaining recognition of the value of good welfare for working animals
The overall goal of the DCA-Brooke partnership is that by March 2021:
• 150,000 working equines have access to quality veterinary and welfare services
• 50,000 animals enjoy acceptable levels of welfare and living/working environment
• 50,000 equine owners are thriving thanks to the improved input of their working equines
• 260 service providers are offering quality services to working equines
• Local authorities and community influencers support the strengthened equine welfare systems
To achieve this goal DCA/Brooke will train 30,000 male owners, 9,000 female owners, and 11,000 children equine owners in compassion and equine friendly behaviour. These trainees will be organized in welfare groups for cross learning and self-helping. In addition, 80 paravets, 90 harness makers, and 90 traditional healers will be mentored to adopt equine friendly and quality veterinary and welfare services. And last but not least, local authorities, traditional and religious leaders, and CDCs will be involved in the project. Their awareness on the benefits of equine welfare will be built, to make them advocate for compassion building and welfare friendly handling of working equines and support the sustainability of the project outcomes.