Horse & Donkey Trust
Brewery Arms Cottage
Surrey RH5 5TH
Tel no: +44 01306 627568
(You can donate online to the animal charity above)
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
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
Ways To Help:
Below are most of the ways you can help the charity:
• Online Donations
• Text Donations
• Fundraise with 'eBay for Charity'
• The GivingMachine
• Gift Aid
• Legacy Gift
The Big Give
• Donations of Head Collars and Bits
• Sponsoring a Horse or Donkey
• Gift Certificates
for family & friends
Ink Cartridges and Toners
Banjul area head office
Sambel Kunda, Niamina East district
Central River Region
The Gambia, West Africa