Brooke Supporters Raise Over £100,000 To Help India’s Working Equines Amid Covid Battle
Around 60,000 working horses, donkeys and mules and 40,000 owners are expected to benefit in India after thousands of Brooke supporters helped raise over £100,000 during May’s emergency appeal.
Thanks to the generosity of Brooke’s supporters, the team in India have been reaching out to communities impacted by Covid-19, providing fodder, first aid kits and medicines.
Cases of Covid-19 have dropped significantly since the early May peak, although many communities are still feeling the impact on their livelihoods. To help combat this, Brooke has been working to build resilience in communities, ensuring this emergency response provides long term support as well as short.
For example, Brooke has helped people like Suresh (pictured) procure subsidised Napier grass to build permanent Azolla pits for their equines and other members of the community. Azolla, an aquatic floating fern, can be cultivated as an animal feed, as well as a medicine and water purifier.
Currently, Brooke is working across all its states of intervention; Punjab, Haryana, Jammu, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh. Since it was established in 1992, Brooke India has helped save millions of working horses, donkeys and mules.
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