Thanks for visiting my JustGiving page.
In October this year I'm aiming to raise £2,000 for IAPWA by taking on an epic challenge to trek to Everest Base Camp. If I achieve this Asda are going to DOUBLE this amount!!
So, why am I doing this? IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals) are a UK based charity who make a big difference to the lives of animals around the world. One of their projects is based in Nepal, where the funds raised through this page will be used.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with over a million people. Each year, more than 35,000 people in Nepal
seek anti-rabies vaccines following a dog bite. In an attempt to control street dogs and rabies, strychnine-laced meat was used on the streets (causing seizures and eventual death). Dog carcasses were buried or piled by the river and for 50 years, 10,000 dogs were reportedly killed every year.
Through this project, with partner ManuMitra, IAPWA aims to provide a permanent system for street dog management within the capital. ‘ManuMitra’ is a Nepali term that translates as ‘friend of human’. Given the violent history of dog management, this project is developing a fresh approach and recognises that the problem of street dogs is defined by the community and the solutions lie within it. The vision of this project is to create a system where communities are humanely and effectively managing their own street dog populations, to not only help the street dogs but instil responsible behaviours and empower the community. These communities will be responsible for ensuring all dogs within the ward are registered, neutered and rabies-vaccinated and that all residents of the ward are educated in responsible dog ownership and rabies and dog bite prevention. The committee recruits respected local people within the ward who have a proven track record of providing care for dogs or other animals and these assistants become the frontline community animal health workers. By harnessing the energy and commitment of these people and providing them with recognition and training, within a supportive legal framework, it allows a people-powered model of dog management to be developed.
Please support me with my fundraising goal so as together we can make a big difference for this project!