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 - £5.00
WORMING TREATMENT - £5.00
SWINGLE TREE - £10.00
PAIN RELIEF KIT - £10.00
TRYPANOSOMIASIS TREATMENT KIT - £12.00
HARNESS - £15.00
ONE CART OF HAY - £22.00
EDUCATIONAL TEAM - £25.00
MOBILE CLINIC TEAM - £60.00
CART OR PLOUGH - £175.00
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BIT - £5.00
Local Bits that are used often cause
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.
WORMING TREATMENT -
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.
SWINGLE TREE -
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.
PAIN RELIEF KIT -
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.
KIT - £12.00
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.
HARNESS - £15.00
Poor Quality Harnesses Can Cause Painful
Poorly Fitted Harnesses Can Cause
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
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.
ONE CART OF HAY -
The donkeys in our care tucking into a
full of hay
Hay is purchased from local farmers - we
able to help the local community increase their income
£22 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 70 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.
EDUCATIONAL TEAM -
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
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
everyones interest, but is everyones responsibility to achieve." - Dalai
MOBILE CLINIC TEAM -
Teeth rasping and stomach tubing fluids
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The Meaningful Gift Scheme
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This page was updated on Sunday, October 29, 2017