The Foundation for Animal Welfare-Cameroon FAWCAM has announced the closeout of her activities in Bui Division of the NW Region at the end of June 2018.
The information was disclosed exclusively to the Guardian Post by the CEO of the not-for-profit non-governmental organization Prof Ben Fru Wara Tuesday.
Since 2008, FAWCAM has worked with the donkey owning communities of Vekovi, Mbuluf, Sang/Rech Mumnyu and Lip in Bui Division.


Elaborating on how the NGO worked during the last eight years, the Director explained that “we worked with donkey owners in their communities, local leaders, community elders, traditional leaders and politicians to raise awareness about the welfare of donkeys in a culturally acceptable way. We offered the owners training and device on how to handle and care for their donkeys”
Showing an acceptable level of satisfaction with the work done, Prof Ben regretted that from the beginning, many donkey owners didn’t want to implement the methods of harnessing and treatment given them by FAWCAM thinking that it was expensive. With regular visits aimed at encouraging the owners to see the advantages of improving welfare, the cynics changed their thoughts as they could clearly see the difference between well treated donkeys and those not well treated.
“Our dedicated team of Animal Welfare Offices (AWOs) and local support staff went around the communities, distributing posters, fliers, facts sheets and other educational materials. The donkey owners have been taught how to understand the basic needs of a donkey and how to provide them, understand the correct harnessing and correct care off a working donkey and how to recognize and prevent the common disease affecting donkeys… they now know when a donkey is ill and health problems of donkeys.” FAWCAM CEO said
FAWCAM prides self to have trained 12 community-based animal Health workers (CAHWS) as veterinary paraprofessionals to work with the donkey communities of Bui who have a role in the delivery of animal health services particularly with very little attention from government and veterinarians who do not bother about the welfare of donkeys. The CAHWS will thus provide basic clinical services to livestock owners especially donkey owners in Bui.
Justifying why he considers his organization’s stay in Bui Division as successful, Prof Ben Said “we have succeeded in Bui because every day we think about ways to really make a difference for donkeys and to create a better world for donkeys and the people who love and need them. This in keeping with the vision of FAWCAM which is a Cameroon which donkey contribution to community livelihood is recognized and respected since one of the objectives of the FAWCAM is to provide education and community programmes to change the knowledge , attitudes and behaviors of donkey owners, communities and children.”


In a bid to keep close contact and to ease monitoring and collaboration between donkeys, the Animal Welfare Officers who worked with the communities created a donkey cooperative society which is expected to completely turnaround donkey welfare.
As a key message FAWCAM CEO says donkey owners now know that donkeys should never “be worked all day without rest, be worked or tethered in a badly fitting harness, work before it is four years old, be made to run when it is working, be beaten or overloaded and be made to work when heavily pregnant.”
“We are not happy that FAWCAM will be leaving Bui by the end of the month. However we are comforted by the fact that Community based Animal Health Workers CAHWS are still here to deliver animal health services and that the donkey communities will still receive regular visits from the Animal Welfare Officers to ensure the wellbeing of our donkeys.” A donkey owner tells this reporter on phone in Vekovi Bui.
With support from the Donkey Sanctuary of Great Britain, FAWCAM according to the CEO is proud “that on leaving Bui, we have succeeded in general improvement in husbandry and working practices, better communication between owners and donkeys, harness and simple owner affordable health care.”

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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