HESHIMU PUNDA PROGRAMME
KENDAT with the support of The Brooke Hospital for Animals of UK advances capacity for humane utilisation of draft animals with particular attention to the highly neglected donkey. The Heshimu Punda (Respect the Donkey) Programme advances practical community knowledge transfer efforts in donkey health & husbandry management, preventive care and policy influencing, among other livelihood interventions. KENDAT works through catalytic development interventions calling communities into action, to meet their own challenges, as they make informed demands on their development supporters, including the Government.
The project that has run for over the last 10 years works with donkeys in Nairobi, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Meru Counties where over ninety percent of the donkeys are involved in transport and tillage. HP has been implementing its projects in high potential areas where donkeys are used heavily for transport and other farming activities, and there is high reliance on them by the owners and users for their livelihoods. Most are found in peri-urban areas, where they are mostly used for business by largely the youth and yet highly misused and mistreated at the same time.
HP has been able to make considerable improvements in many of the areas where population of donkeys has increased considerably, compared to the beginning of the program heavily relying on its history and the fact that overtime, the team has transversed the country and is well aware of the challenges in many areas of Kenya. Moreover, the HP team is diverse with individuals coming from and knowledgeable about many regions in the counties.