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MEANINGFUL GIFTS

GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS OR YOURSELF!
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Do you need to buy a gift for a friend or family member but cannot think what to get them? We can help you to find a really unique gift and help relieve poverty at the same time! We can provide you with a gift certificate for any of the following, or we can forward it directly to where it is required:

Bit
BIT - 5.00

 

Worming Treatment
WORMING TREATMENT - 5.00

 

Swingle Tree
SWINGLE TREE - 10.00

 

Pain Relief Kit
PAIN RELIEF KIT - 10.00

 

Trypanosomiasis Treatment Kit
TRYPANOSOMIASIS TREATMENT KIT -  12.00

 

Harness
HARNESS - 15.00

 

One Cart of Hay
ONE CART OF HAY - 18.00

 

Educational Team
EDUCATIONAL TEAM - 25.00

 

Mobile Clinic Team
MOBILE CLINIC TEAM - 60.00

Cart or Plough
CART OR PLOUGH - 175.00

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BIT -   5.00

Local Bits that are used often cause horrific tongue injuries
Local Bits that are used often cause horrific
tongue injuries

If owners are unable to afford a bit, they often tie rope through the animals mouth, causing wounds on the lips and tongue
If owners are unable to afford a bit, they often tie rope
through the mouth, causing wounds on the lips and tongue

Many horses and donkeys in The Gambia endure pain in their mouths on a daily basis, due to the harsh and poor quality Senegalese bits that are typically used. Many horses and donkeys tongues have been cut and disfigured by these bits, but this can be prevented through exchanging their harsh bits for a kinder snaffle bit. Most owners are very happy to exchange their bit for a kinder alternative when given the opportunity. Through our bit exchange system, together we are able to reduce the suffering of working equines in The Gambia.

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WORMING TREATMENT -   5.00

A heavy infestation of worms can cause working horses and donkeys to become thin, weak and unwell. Just 5 is enough to provide worming treatment for three animals and can make a real difference to both the lives of the animals and also the lives of their owners, because they become stronger and healthier as a result.

Worming treatment is necessary, but often unaffordable for the owners of working equines.

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SWINGLE TREE -   10.00

The majority of carts in The Gambia do not have swingle trees on them. A swingle tree can prevent a horses shoulders from becoming rubbed whilst they are pulling the cart, because it allows for the movement of the horse or donkey.

Local black smiths have been taught how to make swingle trees to enable them to boost their business, so not only are swingle trees helping the working animals, but they are also helping the Gambian black smiths.

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PAIN RELIEF KIT -   10.00

Many of the animals seen at our mobile veterinary clinics are suffering from pain and we are able to provide them with essential, immediate pain relief as well as providing a full health check, follow up treatments and much needed advice to the owners.

Through providing pain relief we are able to immediately reduce the suffering of individual animals - an absolutely essential service to provide.

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TRYPANOSOMIASIS TREATMENT KIT -   12.00

Trypanosomiasis Treatment Kit
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Trypanosomiasis Treatment Kit
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Trypanosomiasis Treatment Kit
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After taking blood from the horse/donkey the blood is spun down by hand in the centrifuge (see pictures above) to separate the red and white blood cells. Some blood is then examined under the microscope and trypanosomiasis can be diagnosed for treatment.

Trypanosomiasis is one of the biggest threats to the health of working equines in The Gambia. It is a blood borne parasite which attacks the red blood cells, causing weakness, anaemia, loss of appetite, and eventually will cause death if left untreated. It is incredibly common and is spread by the Tsetse fly. It is a perfectly treatable disease, yet thousands of animals die each year because their owners are unable to afford treatment.

Our trained staff and para-vets are able to take blood samples to test for the disease - if the disease is found to be present treatment can be given and lives are saved. This can all be done out in the field enabling us to go to the animals rather than them having to come to our centre.

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HARNESS -   15.00

Poor Quality Harnesses Can Cause Painful Sores
Poor Quality Harnesses Can Cause Painful Sores

Poorly Fitted Harnesses Can Cause Fistulous Withers
Poorly Fitted Harnesses Can Cause Fistulous Withers

Poor quality and poorly fitted harness results in many problems for working equines. Open sores are painful and difficult to heal due to continuous wearing of the poorly fitting harness. This makes working very difficult, and the animals become slower and less able to work effectively. Fistulous withers are also caused by poorly fitting equipment and can become a very serious and incredibly painful condition.

A comfortable, good quality and well fitted harness can hugely benefit a working equine, make them more comfortable and able to carry out the tasks being asked of them without being in constant pain with each step. Our trained harness makers produce padded harnesses to reduce these problems, and they also teach owners how to fit them correctly.

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ONE CART OF HAY -   18.00

The donkeys in our care tucking into a manger full of hay
The donkeys in our care tucking into a manger
full of hay

Hay is purchased from local farmers, which means we are also able to help the local community to increase their income
Hay is purchased from local farmers - we are
able to help the local community increase their income

18 is how much it costs us to buy just one cart load of groundnut hay, to feed to our hungry in-patients and long term patients. With approximately 30 horses and donkeys in our care at any one time there are always hungry mouths to feed and the cycle of purchasing hay never ends! Hay is purchased from local farmers and through buying it we are helping to provide an income for the families who have farmed it. One cart load of hay will last the animals at the centre just a few days, but with the help of many people we can continue feeding our patients the food they so desperately need throughout their rehabilitation.

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EDUCATIONAL TEAM -   25.00

Fancy dress and role play feature highly in our school education programme
Fancy dress and role play feature highly
in our school education programme

Through interactive lessons the children are able to gain a good understanding of the lessons we are teaching
Through interactive lessons the children are able to gain
a good understanding of the lessons we are teaching

A day of teaching school children about animal care and welfare has far reaching benefits, well into the future. Today's children are the future and by teaching them how to correctly care for their animals we can bring about long term change in attitude and management practices.

Our School Education Programme reaches children in ten local schools and is taught in a fun and interactive manner to ensure that the children retain the messages that they are taught. Through learning about their animals the children are able to see them as other sentient beings, resulting in them taking much better care of them. We have already seen wonderful results in the equines owned by children in our classes and we are excited to see these results continue to grow.

"Education is the best way to train ourselves that we will secure our own well-being by concerning ourselves with others. It is possible to create a better world, a more compassionate, more peaceful world, which is not only in everyone’s interest, but is everyone’s responsibility to achieve." - Dalai Lama

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MOBILE CLINIC TEAM -   60.00

Teeth rasping and stomach tubing fluidsare amongst the treatments offered at our Mobile Veterinary Clinics
Teeth rasping and stomach tubing fluids are amongst
the treatments offered at our Mobile Veterinary Clinics

Our Mobile Veterinary Clinics enable us to reach equines in need in other areas
Our Mobile Veterinary Clinics enable us
to reach equines in need in other areas

Our Mobile Veterinary Clinics are an essential service for the animals and their owners throughout the Central River Region of Gambia. Our trained staff are able to provide emergency treatments and first aid treatments as well as on-going veterinary care. Advice is also made available to all owners attending a mobile clinic and good quality harness equipment is often available for the farmers to purchase at a small fee. Routine check ups and blood tests for animals mean that preventative care is made possible therefore increasing the health of the working animals, improving the lives of both the animals and their owners.

Our dedicated team work tirelessly in the sweltering heat to continue assisting working horses and donkeys in need.

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CART OR PLOUGH -   175.00

Cart or Plough

Both carts and ploughs are expensive pieces of equipment and are very difficult for Gambian families to afford. They are often shared between a number of farmers and this makes farming properly very difficult as the equipment is not always available when it is desperately needed.

By providing a family with a cart or plough an opportunity is created for them to dramatically increase their income, therefore helping them to reduce their level of poverty.

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How do I Purchase a Gift Certificate?

To purchase a Gift Certificate please download our Meaningful Gift Scheme Form **in PDF or as a zip file Download Meaningful Gift Form in pdf or zip format

Simply print it off and fill in your details. Don't forget to indicate which gift you would like to purchase.

Please send the completed form back to:

Meaningful Gifts Administrator,
Brewery Arms Cottage
Stane Street
Ockley
Surrey
RH5 5TH

01306 627568
Email: GHDT Office

Can I arrange a gift certificate for a friend or family member?

Yes, if you are purchasing a gift for someone else, please indicate this on the Meaningful Gift Scheme Form and ensure that you have given us the recipients full contact details.

If you have any questions or queries about purchasing a Gift Certificate, please contact:

Meaningful Gifts Administrator,
Brewery Arms Cottage
Stane Street
Ockley
Surrey
RH5 5TH
01306 627568

Email: GHDT Office


ONLINE PURCHASE: If you would like to pay online for your Gift Certificate by debit or credit card, please download our Meaningful Gift Scheme Form **in PDF or as a zip file Download Meaningful Gift Form in pdf or zip format

Simply print it off and fill in your details. Please click on the Red 'Donate' ** button below, to make your payment, and then email or post your completed Meaningful Gift Scheme Form to the GHDT Office, ensuring that you have indicated you have already paid online.

** After clicking on the red donate button below, please be sure to click on "Single" donation for your one time payment. Please note this is by credit card, in pounds sterling.

If you have any questions please email the GHDT Office or call 01306 627568.

NB All Meaningful Gifts featured are real items or services that are utilised by our Gambian team to carry out the work of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. To enable us to respond effectively to the range of needs of working equines and the Gambian farming communities that rely upon them, these gifts are examples of what may be purchased. The money raised through our Meaningful Gifts will be used to fund vital equipment, services and veterinary supplies appropriate to the specific needs of animals in The Gambia.

** PDF FORMS

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The Meaningful Gift Scheme Form is encoded in PDF format for your convenience. To view the file, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, free of charge from Adobe's website, if you haven't already done so. You can print the files from the Acrobat Reader and fill in the details.

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This page was updated on Thursday, February 09, 2017

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