The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust
(GHDT) is a UK and Banjul based and registered animal charity
helping sick, malnourished and neglected draft animals.
The project was founded in 2002 by the late Stella Marsden and her sister Heather Armstrong.
The association welcomes volunteers, medical supplies, accepts
gift aid and online donations via various charity donation
websites such as JustGiving UK.
When the animal charity first started working in The Gambia they
asked farmers in their area what they wanted most and the
majority said veterinary support to tackle injury and diseases
such as African Horse Sickness, Equine Influenza, West Nile
virus (WNV, Sleeping Sickness, tick fever
etc. The GHDT started by providing
basic veterinary treatment by volunteer vets from the United
Kingdom who also provided essential training to their local
The GHDT knew it was vital to deal
with animal management and nutrition as many of the issues they
see with donkeys and horses arise as a result of rural poverty. It
also assists with community development programs in order to
stimulate the economy of the local community.
The aim of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is to provide Gambians with the necessary
training to tackle problems on their own, so they received help
from the World Horse Welfare which is an international horse
charity headquartered in the UK which helps train harness
producers and farriers. The animal charity provided scholarships
for people to train as paraveterinary workers and it partnered
with the School of Veterinary Science at the University of
Liverpool to provide training to locals on equines.
The GHDT also provides workshops for farmers
groups and offer training to people. It also started teaching in
local schools and through their Donkey Club it works with boys
who normally care for village donkeys.
Every year the GHDT puts on a horse show competition
which, as well as being enjoyable, is also used as a chance to
get as much animal care information over to the participants and
spectators as possible.
The charity has simple laboratory and hospital facilities as
well as mobile clinics, accommodation for volunteers and stables for around 25 animals
in Sambel Kunda. In the
course of treating the numerous diseases affecting donkeys and
horses they discovered that little was known about some of them.
As a result the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow intervened
with assistance from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and are
providing help and research that is needed to aid farmers.
With the exception of the local Gambian staff all other work
is carried out by volunteers. As a result they welcome online
donations which can carry out by credit card or debit card
as well as by direct debit. You can also sponsor a horse or
donkey for an annual fee.
GHDT Gift Shop:
The store allows you to buy equipment or drug treatment for
a draft animal owner and help relieve poverty at the same
time. Among the products are swingle trees, worming treatment,
English bit, trypanosomiasis treatment kits, harnesses, mobile
clinic visit, numnahs, carts, ploughs, limited edition prints,
Christmas cards and notelets, etc.
Ways To Help:
Below are most of the ways you can help the charity:
• Online Donations
• Text Donations
• Fundraise with 'eBay for Charity'
The Big Give
Donations of Head Collars and Bits
Sponsoring a Horse or Donkey
Gift Certificates for family & friends
Recycling Ink Cartridges and Toners