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.
Lalitpur, July, 2017–
An interaction with Brick Kiln Owners and relevant stakeholders from Lalitpur was called on 7th July, 2017, where Animal Nepal talked about the work they have done so far in the field of working equines, animal welfare and most importantly introduced and discussed the Animal Welfare Directive; which states crucial do’s and don’ts and humane treatment for pack and traction animals; endorsed by the government. Positive suggestions were taken from the kiln owners and government representatives also put forward their points. All the suggestions will be taken and a plan made on how to move forward for the implementation of the Directive.
AN President Pramada Shah informed the owners and government officials regarding the Animal Welfare Directive and the responsibility that everyone has towards pack and traction animals. “The implementation of the directive will be a challenging task, however, if we unite, we can ensure that the first directive in the world for working animals is effective.” Shah appealed to all participants.
Executive Officer of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Hari Prasad Dahal, promised to work on endorsing and advertising the Directive. Head of DSLO, Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah, said that there are check points for monitoring of animal transportation in the entry points of the valley; the Transport Standard 2064 requires a degree of animal welfare to be maintained during the transportation of live animals.
Brick Kiln Owner Deepshakti Bynjankar mentioned that animal husbandry is, of course, the priority and responsibility of the owner himself; thus, we should expect their support for the implementation of the Directive.
AN’s Executive Director, Uttam Kafle, explained the Animal Welfare Directive’s challenges and as well as its endless possibilities to improve the lives of owners and animals alike. He also touched upon Animal Nepal’s work related to working animals. According to Kafle, ” there at least 495 equines working in the brick kilns of Lalitpur and AN works to improve the lives of these equines in 14 of these brick kilns.”
AN would like to thank Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal (Executive Officer of LMC), Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah (Head of DSLO) and brick kiln owners of Lalitpur, for accepting our invitation, participating and providing us feedback on welfare issues of working animals. Proud to be part of the process for the welfare of animals.