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Project information

The Big Move

To move the 231 donkeys at our sanctuary in Israel to a new, bigger location which can also be used as a base to educate owners of working equines from Israel and Palestine on the impprtance of animal welfar and as a base for our mobile clinic vehicle.

October 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land

Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land logo
  • Need


    Donkeys are in use as beasts of burden in Israel and Palestine (the West Bank). However, the poverty of the owners means they are unable to give their animal the care it needs, meaning it is unable to work for them, in turn deepening the family's poverty.


    As well as taking in unwanted animals, Safe Haven educates the owners on how to look after their animals and provides free veterinary clinics for working equines.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To look after unwanted donkeys.


    » To provide a sanctuary for unwanted donkeys from Israel and Palestine.

    What success will look like

    By recording the numbers of donkeys taken into the sanctuary, how their health improves, numbers rehomed etc.

    Aim 2

    To provide free veterinary care for working donkeys, mules and horses in Israel and Palestine.


    » To provide a clinic in the Palestinian city of Nablus to which owners can bring their equine for treatment.
    » To provide a mobile clinic vehicle which visits towns and villages across Israel and Palestine.

    What success will look like

    Record numbers of animals treated and treatment given.

    Aim 3

    To educate the owners on the importance of animal welfare.


    » To provide education talks at each mobile clinic session on how to look after working equines so that they stay healthy.
    » To provide training days for students from local universities on equine welfare.
    » To provide activity days for children from local schools and refugee camps.

    What success will look like

    Record how many donkey owners, vet students and local children have received education.

  • Impact


    Our project will bring about long term improvements in the welfare of equines in Israel and Palestine. This will be measured by the expected long term drop in numbers of animals needing our services.


    Possible temporary closure of the border between Israel and Palestine - this has been dealt with by using local staff in Palestine, meaning no access difficulty by staff. The other risk is lack of income to the charity - we have recruited a fundraiser to help fill this gap.


    Through our newsletter, website, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 transport specialised transport to move the donkeys
      £12,000 fencing fencing around the site
      £13,000 buildings erecting shelters for the donkeys and buildings to be used for education etc
      £5,000 sand provision of sand for the ground
      £5,000 contingency contingency
  • Background


    The sanctuary will be moved to the Gilboa area of northern Israel. This is an agricultural area of Israel mostly occupied by Israeli arabs and close to the border wtih Palestine.


    The owners of working donkeys, mules and horses in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in Israel and the Palestinian Territories for 17 years and our work has evolved as a direct result of need. We have a professional team in both Israel/Palestine and the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Pierre Sharvit

    Veterinary surgeon in overall charge of the sanctuary.

    Dr Jaber Keadan

    Veterinary surgeon in charge of the clinic in Nablus and the mobile clinic unit.

    Mr Abed Battah

    Farm Manager of the sanctuary.

    Mr George Russell

    Chair of Trustees of the charity.