An appeal to save vulnerable donkeys living in drought-stricken Kenya has been launched by global working horse and donkey charity Brooke.

Donkey water.
A woman helps her donkey up after long walk for water in Katakala, Kenya.

The UK-based charity hopes to raise £23,600 via JustGiving ( to provide food and water for almost 14,000 donkeys that provide a lifeline to poor people living in rural areas.

National disaster

Below average rainfall has caused the drought, with the government declaring it a national disaster on 10 February.

Along with their owners, Kenya’s working donkeys are suffering from lack of food and water. According to Brooke, Government aid has started, but working donkeys are being left out of emergency response action.

Empty trough.
The drought is expected to last until July, said Brooke.

Brooke’s team in Nairobi have therefore stepped in, and, alongside their day to day work, will be providing water to 13,100 donkeys and feed to 800.

It is estimated one donkey can support a family of six, so the work is set to benefit 80,000 people.


Brooke’s head of animal welfare and sustainability Dil Peeling said: “Crippling seasonal drought is becoming more frequent in Africa. We saw it where we work in Senegal in 2015, and now in Kenya.

“Working donkeys are vital to people’s livelihoods here – they carry water and food for families, fuel and building materials. They help people earn the money they use to put food on the table and children in school.

“Time is running out – we need to act now.”

The drought is affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas, and is expected to last until July, said the charity.

  • All images courtesy of Brooke.
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