PPCT supports project to bring clean water to working animals in Ethiopia

How equine charity Brooke is changing lives

Working animals drink at water trough in Oromiya in Ethiopia

By providing access to safe water, equine charity Brooke is transforming the lives of people and working animals in Ethiopia.

brooke logoThe charity has been working with local communities across the regions of Oromiya, Amhara and SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region). The image above comes from a completed project in Oromiya. Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £10,000 to support a similar project in Merab Azenet woreda (district) in SNNPR.

Communities in the area rely on traditional farming methods and livestock production for their livelihoods. With no access to water locally, they are forced to spend many hours to reach it. This impacts the working animals, who have to carry heavy water loads over long distances.

“They suffer from overloading, wounds form their loads, overworking, heat-stress and dehydration; this is fatal if left untreated,” explains Emma Buckley, Corporate Relationships Manager at Brooke.

3,265 working animals will benefit directly

The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Construction work is currently underway that, once complete, will provide 3,265 working equines and 1,520 households with access to safe water within an hour’s walk. According to Buckley, around 2,370 other livestock including oxen, cows, cattle, goats and sheep will also benefit from this project.

“Work has progressed well and the water scheme is expected to start serving communities and their equines and livestock ahead of the project deadline of 31st March 2022,” says Buckley.

Discover more about this fantastic project here.

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