Nepalgunj, October , 2017–
Animal Nepal (AN) organized a microcredit training on 29th October 2017 in Nepalgunj, Banke. Ten equine owners from Kasgar community of Nepalgunj were actively participated in the programme.
Microcredit consultant Mr. Kiran Dhakal explained need and importance of microcredit, saving and how it can be a milestone to create foundation for better financial status of equine owners.
The major intention behind this training was to unite people of the community and initiate monthly group saving system.
The brick season in Kathmandu runs for only half a year and the owners return back to Nepalgunj after the end of the brick season. In Nepalgunj most of them spend remaining time of the year in local tea shop. Some of them runs Buggy business in the town but many of them are jobless during the off brick production season. Animal Nepal is aiming to use that leisure time to engage them in microfinance and some other relevant trainings related to welfare of donkeys and mules.
When they take loans or advance money from a middleman or NIKE to run their house during off brick production season, they are forced to work on particular brick factory assigned by their traders where they may have to compromise on wages and other facilities. Thus, AN came up with the concept of microfinance and saving scheme which will lead them towards financial independency in future.
Currently there are 14 member in the ‘equine user group’. Every single member of the group is convinced to save certain amount of money into their joint back account ever month. Animal Nepal supported them with seed money; the organization is committed to provide facilitation in future to run the group. AN’s Programme Manager Kapil Kafle, Volunteer Surendra Deep Karki and trainer Kiran Dhakal facilitated the training.
Lalitpur, October, 2017
Animal Nepal organized a three days training about ‘equine welfare and their management’ for final year veterinary students from Himalayan college of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST) during 13 – 15 October 2017.
The training was focus on welfare of working equines, approaches to handle equines and common problems seen among working equines in the context of Nepal.
The main objective of training was to make the vet students familiar with equines, equine welfare, equine handling and commonly seen problems.
On the first day of the training, Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav and Dr. Sajana Thapa introduced Animal Nepal, need and importance to insure welfare of working equines in the context of Nepal and some tips about equine handling.
On the second day, our team including Dr. Atish, Dr. Sajana, vet technicians Santosh Gautam, Tara Budhathoki, Mana Nepali, Prem Rokka and Sijan Pokharel exchanged knowledge and experience related to their field work.
As this was a hands-on training, they got a chance to examine the animals and observe them in close quarters and to participate in every activity.
On the closing day, Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Mr. Uttam Kafle distributed certificate to all participatnts.
Our best wishes to all the participants.
Animal lover Mrs. Leela Bhatt lives in Dhobighat and is truly a dog messiah. While doing her daily rounds, she came across two beautiful dogs: frisky and friendly Seti and reserved, elegant Panda, who, unfortunately had been abandoned by their owner, near Ujyalo FM building, Lalitpur. “Seti” and “Panda” had been waiting for their owner to return not realizing that they had been abandoned. This heartless move had had a deep impact on Panda especially, as he became snappy and aggressive and became a deterrent to society. People’s general reaction was one of spite and fear and would throw stones at them, which did not solve the problem at all. Seeing them in such a state, Mrs. Bhatt immediately contacted Animal Nepal and we tried to coax them to come from their previous home to our office.
We need to realize that dogs are not objects to be abandoned when you get tired of them. It’s incomprehensible how people can raise puppies only to mistreat or abandon them.
Initially, animal lover Mrs Leela Bhatta tried to intervene by giving them food and love that they so sorely needed. After few months, Animal Nepal decided to rescue them. It was not easy, and even though Seti took to our company, Panda took his time and being so cruelly rejected by his owners had become very wary of humans. But, we are happy to share that Panda has gone through immense change and by giving him tender, loving care, he is part of our family and much happier and social. They are best friends with our previous buddies: “Bangi” and “Bobby”.
In our office time, they make themselves comfortable, occasionally coming up to get a pat from any one of us and quietly retreat to their favorite corners. Their lives have turned around for the good and we are glad that from being so aggressive, they have become so loving.
We are looking for loving homes for the both of them, after all, it’s not difficult to give a little love and time to these beautiful species. They are, after all, Man’s best friend!!