Friday, January 9, 2009

Beware of Donkeys bearing books?

No, don't beware, and yes, you read that right - donkeys.


In Ethiopia, donkey-drawn carts bring children in remote villages books. The Donkey Mobile Library, Ethiopia's first, has another mission as well - the donkeys pulling the carts are part of a campaign to help improve treatment of donkeys. The program's mascot is Queen Helena, an elderly donkey who has been retired and no longer pulls the cart, but still accompanies it from village to village. (She looks quite popular, if a little silly in her crown!)

A nice two-fer, literacy & animal welfare education!

3 comments:

Mikey said...

That's really good to see. Wish I could ship some books and my Jack over there...
I did read somewhere that in Africa the lifespan of a donkey is less than a year. No vet treatment, heavy use of the animals, etc. So sad. But glad to see some things are changing.

JJ said...

That's great! I couldn't imagine not having books available. The kids are going to be learning a lot more than reading skills

SunnySD said...

I know - great, isn't it?!