Project information

Working Equines in Northern India




Improving the Welfare of 11,940 Working Equines in Agra and Hathras Districts in Uttar Pradesh

Year 1 of a 5 year project (April-March 2016-17)

September 2016 (Revised Proposal)

Overview
The Brooke has been working in India since 1992 making a significant impact to the welfare of some of the

January 2017 - February 2022

Charity information: The Brooke Hospital For Animals

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  • Need

    Need

    Our work in Agra and Hathras aims to directly improve the welfare of 11,940 horses and mules that are vulnerable (number of animals taking up services) over a period of five years. The table below is from a recent animal welfare assessment detailing the baseline condition of working horses, donkey and mules in the target area. We work to a model of acceptable change – this is the change in conditions which Brooke feels will represent a significant difference based on the local context.
    Table 1:

    Solution

    Objective 3: Work with local welfare groups and local government bodies to ensure good animal welfare practices.

    Activities: Formation of equine welfare group and associations; participatory welfare need assessment (PWNA) done by equine owners, first aid kit installation, healthy animal competition, exposure visits or equine owners and Ashwamitras to observe and learn better management practices, day celebrations (world animal day, women day etc), children art competitions, meeting of equine ow

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Objective 1: Improve the quality of service provision in the two districts.

    Activities

    » Activities: Training of local health providers (LHPs), farriers, hair clippers, government vets, paravets and livestock extension officers; meetings w

    Outcomes: Improved quality of healthcare provision by local service providers.


    Aim 2

    Objective 2: Train equine owners in equine welfare husbandry and management practices.

    Activities

    » Activities: Training of equine owners and of equine welfare group (EWG) leaders as well as training of Ashwamitra (community equid friends) on first a

    Objective 2: Train equine owners in equine welfare husbandry and management practices.


    Aim 3

    Objective 3: Work with local welfare groups and local government bodies to ensure good animal welfar

    Activities

    » Formation of equine welfare group and associations; participatory welfare need assessment (PWNA) done by equine owners, first aid kit installation, he

    Objective 3: Work with local welfare groups and local government bodies to ensure good animal welfare practices.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Through our community engagement work, we promote equine owners’ understanding of the importance of investing in their animal’s health. We also set up regular saving schemes through the local equine welfare groups, and the associations and federations improve owners’ negotiation capacity so they can buy at a larger quantity and a reduced cost. In addition, we link owners with shop keepers and try to establish linkages with government veterinary departments so that issues such as the affordabilit

    Risk

    Monitoring and Evaluation
    This project is monitored on a monthly and quarterly basis by Brooke’s regional team. In addition, we collect monitoring data (outcome/impact level) on an annual basis in April/May from 2017 onward (baseline data was collected in 2016).

    Exit and Sustainability
    Exit strategies have been put in place, including a number of different target indicators which will need to be reached by the end of the project. During the course of the project, the monitoring and evaluation

    Reporting

    We can provide regular reports based on our KPI;'s or other, depending on the requirements of the donor. Our field staff are tasked with providing regular reports and or field trips as required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 training local vets, para vets and farriers
      £5,000 training communities, animal health
      £10,000 education equine owners’ understanding of the importance of investing in their animal’s health
      £10,000 promoting set up regular saving schemes through the local equine welfare groups, and the associations and fede
      £10,000 engage local authorities link owners with shop keepers and try to establish linkages with government veterinary departments s
      £15,000 emergency help If an equine owner can’t afford de-worming agents and other medicine, Brooke will initially provide
  • Background

    Location

    Some of the communities we work with are amongst the poorest in the world and include numerous households whose livelihoods depend on income generated by their animals. and work places, horses and donkeys are subjected to inhumane conditions and treatment. We are Improving the Welfare of 11,940 Working Equines in Agra and Hathras Districts in Uttar Pradesh (N India)

    Beneficiaries

    Despite the important role working equines play in the livelihoods of the country’s poorest communities, their economic importance is largely unrecognised and, as a result, their welfare receives little attention. In many communities and work places, horses and donkeys are subjected to inhumane conditions and treatment. Therefore working with owners and users is also essential so they can provide better care for their animals on a daily basis.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Brooke has been working in India since 1992 making a significant impact to the welfare of some of the million working horses, donkeys and mules across the country. This is in the form of ensuring they have access to appropriate care and treatment as well as services such as farriers and harness makers. Where services are not available or not to the standard which Brooke would desire then we make direct interventions.

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    People

    Brooke India

    Project Lead