KENDAT through the Heshimu Punda Programme is focused on ensuring a positive change in the knowledge, attitude and practices of donkey owning communities for overall improvement of donkey welfare.
This is being achieved through:
- Training of donkey owners on donkey welfare, husbandry and management to improve their knowledge and skills in promoting good donkey welfare. Since 2001, the project has trained over 35,000 donkey owners across the area of operation through one on one and group trainings, use of donkey welfare champions (training of trainers) and use of radio programmes on national and local radio stations.
- Strengthen community sustainability structures such as self-help groups and County level community based organizations (CBOs) and community champions. Currently, KENDAT is working with 4 CBOs based in Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Meru and Nairobi counties and more than 110 groups which are spearheading donkey welfare improvements in Nairobi, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu and Kirinyaga counties. The groups have a membership of over 3,500 members.
- Instilling a culture of “care for animals” among children in Primary Schools through Donkey Care Clubs. There are 44 Donkey Care Clubs with a membership of 1320 pupils from Nyandarua, Kiambu, Kirinyaga and Meru counties. The number of clubs grew from 4 clubs with 240 pupils in 2008 to the current number. Every year the schools graduate over 500 pupils from class 8, equipped with knowledge on animal welfare and ready to become ambassadors of donkey welfare.
- Engaging youth in urban areas in a Donkey Welfare Football Tournament with the aim of curbing drug and substance abuse which is closely linked to mistreatment of working donkeys. The tournament is currently run in Mwea, Kirinyaga County and benefits 300 young male donkey owners and users.