Information about Friends of Donkey Project, the beneficiary of our upcoming Donkey Spooktacular on October 17th.
PROJECT TITLE: FRIENDS OF DONKEY
PROJECT CYCLE: 2 YEARS
PROJECT GEOGRAPHICAL AREA: NORTHERN TANZANIA
Friends of Donkey Project (FoDP) aims to deepen knowledge and understanding of donkey’s welfare and their sustainable use while benefiting community livelihoods in the model of One Healthy Animal Welfare (O-H-A-W)
Through education and awareness, we aim to improve community perception and stigma that affects donkey’s health and their welfare. From our experience we understand that the biggest challenge that affects working animals is behaviour change. And currently the pandemic – Covid 19 has accelerated this problem
Our Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots club engagement model, Knowledge leads to Compassion and compassion leads to Action (KCA) will stand as our tool on engaging community and Roots & Shoots members on raising education and awareness towards behaviour change of donkey’s welfare in our project area.
Short summary of the core activities required in carrying out this project:
Outputs of the project
At the end of the project club members will have demonstrate an increased and improved knowledge base/change on animal welfare
Outcomes of the project
Scope of the Project
This project aims to reach 40 Roots & Shoots clubs (40 schools) and advance the message to 100 members in each school, which makes a total of 4,000 members from 40 schools located in West Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Monduli districts. On peer-to-peer education we will train 90 club leaders and 40 club teachers (Patron/Matron).
Each club is expected to directly benefit 5 animals in ration of 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 chicken, 1 cow/goat and a single species of an animal thus making the total number of animal to be benefited directly estimated to be 20,000.
The chart below shows summary of project beneficiaries by numbers.
Expected long-term impact
The long-term impact of this project is expected through our Roots & Shoots model KCA that has been in place for the past 25 years has shown a very good impact on developing leadership skills to our members. Once our members are motivated and inspired through their club activities, they remain lifetime change maker and informed citizens that dwell in making the world a better place for all life. This funding will therefore stand as lifetime behaviour change seedling that will remain forever, even if the fund comes to an end.
Engaging members to this kind of project by using the KCA model provides a unique platform that the project sustainability will be there. Funding can deplete at any time, but R&S clubs lasts forever and once one has impacted with powerful knowledge and passion the results and action are sustainable in any kind of situation. Once teachers have clear understanding of animal welfare, they will be able to streamline the gained knowledge on their teachings and that’s a very great sustainable engagement that Roots & Shoots program is proud with.