The story from Gambia
When a little help matters a lot.
We love to share good stories. Below you can enjoy one of the really good ones - directly from the Director of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust - Heather Armstrong. And if you should wonder if Heather does indeed mean human, when she writes about a boy with a badly burned leg - the answer is yes...
Read her mail in full length below - as an example of a situation where a little help made a lot of difference.
"Dear Fairy God Mother,
I just returned to find a big box of wonderful goodies like bandages and gloves etc. in the hall. I was so excited that I opened it at 1 a. m. in the morning before I went to bed (it was a late flight). I just cannot thank you enough, you have no idea how excited I get about such things!
I recall the very first volunteer vets that came out from UK some 14 years ago were treating a road traffic accident donkey that had lost its foot. We had to wait till the owner arrived to get permission to PTS and so in the meantime they used loads of cotton wool and vetwrap to keep it comfortable. They had no idea that it was the only stuff we had!
We had a little boy come in last week with a badly burned leg. I stupidly didn't stop to get pictures of him, but I do hope your ears were burning, because we were all singing the praises of KRUUSE that we had what we needed available.
It was a hectic but exciting trip and I feel that we made a HUGE stride forward. For the first time we held a one week course for students of The University of The Gambia and they loved it. We did health and welfare and by the end of a week with us and seeing how we treat the animals and the response we had back from them, they have gone back to University and started the first ever Gambian led animal advocacy group and plan to start visiting schools to pass on what they learned themselves.
They also asked the University as soon as they returned if they could have animal welfare added to the curriculum and we are in the process of hiring a Gambian vet to lecture at the University to fil the role. We of course have to work on the curriculum, but it is all very exciting!
Thank you so much for all your support, you and your company are just amazing!
Director, The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust"
For further information about the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, please visit:
www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk or www.facebook.com/gambiahorseanddonkey