Working donkeys are the life blood of the local communities in Afghanistan and Kabul is by no means an exception. Where old meets new in the city; many families have access to motor transportation whilst many more, particularly those who inhabit the surrounding mountains, do not.
The working donkey is vital to carry supplies (water, food and building materials) to the outlying villages; including most of Kabul’s surrounding urban areas that are built on the side of the unforgiving mountain terrain.
These donkeys more often than not, are over-worked and under-cared for.
Through no fault of their own, their owners have been left with a limited knowledge on the fundamental needs of their donkeys to ease working conditions and improve their welfare.
How we help them:
Nowzad has opened the FIRST EVER donkey santuary in Afghanistan, a refuge for former working donkeys who have been discarded like rubbish onto the streets when they are no longer able to carry the heavy loads demanded of them by their owners.
We promote healthy Afghan donkey ownership through effective mobile ‘pop-up’ workshop to educate local Afghan muleteers about the importance of basic health checks for their donkey along with feeding requirements and required vaccinations.
Importantly, we even employ a farrier to relieve donkeys of painful and uncomfortable hooves, a small gesture that makes a big difference to the donkey’s quality of life.
All donkeys that pass through our workshops are recorded to help us keep track of their progress.
Our veterinarians are fully qualified and experienced in tending to any donkey that is sick or injured and we often offer ‘roadside assistance’ or out patient calls to donkeys in distress.
Now at the Nowzad donkey santuary in Afghanistan we have six rescue donkeys; Rosie, Samson, Kushi, Jalala, Demazang and Shahzada. Help us to continue making a difference for the donkeys of Afghanistan by buying our 'A donkey shouldn't have to work its arse off' tee shirt from the Nowzad store TODAY