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Project information

Educating the donkey owners of tomorrow

Today's children in Israel and Palestine are the donkey owners of tomorrow. Very often however, a lack of education means the children have no idea how to keep their donkey or horse healthy enough to work for them. We aim to provide animal welfare education for local children.

This project is ongoing

Charity information: Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land

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  • Need


    Donkeys, mules and horses are in everyday use in Israel and particularly Palestine. Whole families could not manage without their donkey to bring in crops from the field or to take goods to the market for sale. However, their very poverty means that they are often unable to give their animal the care that it needs, often due to a lack of education among the owners.


    Our project aims to provide education for local children who will grow up to be the owners of working equines. It provides training on basic animal care such as grooming, feeding and riding and sessions on how if they look after their animal's needs it will stay healthy and work harder for their family.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve animal welfare knowledge amongst local children.


    » Education sessions for children from local schools and refugee camps on the care and welfare of working equines.

    What success will look like

    Children attending the education sessions will be able to demonstrate animal care techniques and the standard of animal care in their respective families will improve.

  • Impact


    In the long term, the number of donkeys, mules and horses being brought to our clinics (mobile and the permanent clinic in the Palestinian city of Nablus) should decrease as animal welfare improves. Numbers of animals attending the clinic will be monitored. Eventually, our hope would be that there will be no more need for our services in the Nablus area in particular so we can move on to other areas of the West Bank which need us. Our ultimate aim would be that we are not needed at all.


    The charity operates from its sanctuary in Israel and staff have to travel across the border into Palestine. If the border was shut for any reason this could have caused problems, however, in addition to our main Israeli vet we are using local Palestinian vets to ensure there are no access problems. The main risk is the possible lack of funding and so we are applying to trusts, companies and individuals to try to raise the funds needed.


    We will report to donors via our quarterly newsletter, website, Facebook and Twitter, with written updates directly to any donor who would like this.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Education workshops Holding twenty four education sessions for local children (two per month)
  • Background


    The education sessions would take place at our clinic for working equines in the Palestinian city of Nablus. This is one of the largest cities in Palestine (the West Bank), with a population of over 125,000. The Balata refugee camp which is need the clinic is home to over 30,000 people crammed into a 0.25 square kilometre area.


    Children from local schools and refugee camps, including Balata, and their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Saf eHaven for Donkeys in the Holy Land has been working in Israel for 17 years, Palestine for around 12 years and in the Nablus area for around 14 years. Our staff provide high quality free veterinary care for working equines in desperate need. They are highly experienced and are greatly respected in the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Jaber Keadan

    Chief veterinary surgeon/head educator

    Dr Rakan Salous

    Veterinary surgeon/educator