A message from our Chief Executive - Petra Ingram

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Did you know that there are around 100 million horses, donkeys and mules around the world and 7.8 million of these are in Ethiopia? They are a fundamental part of the lives of most rural families, carrying wood to market, transporting farm produce to collection points, ensuring a supply of water and a taxi service for people.

Often working in the poorest communities, overworked and overlooked, these horses, donkeys and mules are providing a vital support role. 

Making a difference

I visited Ethiopia recently and spent a few days in the field with the Brooke team. I was able to witness the difference we have already made in the timber market where donkeys arrive after travelling for several hours with heavy loads. They are now unloaded and allowed to graze, before making their return journey.

The donkeys can rest and their wounds have reduced. We have provided training for the farriers – demand for their skills has increased and owners are prepared to pay more as they recognise the increase in quality. The horses are better balanced, they do not fall when pulling the carts and their shoes stay on for longer.

Bigger and better

All of this is happening in a small area south of Addis Ababa, but the need is great and later this year we will be developing our expansion plans, which we hope will include more widespread intervention across the country.

Our work in Ethiopia combined with expansion in Senegal and parts of India will all be planned to ensure that over the next few years we help a greater number of equine animals in the most effective way.

There will always be challenges, but with the skills and dedication of our teams, we will work with local people to ensure these are overcome.

Please enjoy your visit to our website, you will find there is a great deal of information on all our work. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

Brooke Chief Executive Petra Ingram

Brooke Chief Executive Petra Ingram in India, where the Brooke is expanding its work for equine animals. ©The Brooke

Our chief executive, Petra Ingram

Petra Ingram, Brooke Chief Executive, with one of the many thousands of working horses we help. ©The Brooke

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