I am Janet McNally a sheep producer in North Eastern Minnesota. As a livestock producer and farm educator I know how important it is to have access to a good veterinarian to help with animal health problems when they arise. I also understand how valuable it is to share information with my fellow producers so that we can all do a better job with our animals. I have become acquainted with a Tanzanian Veterinarian named Dr. Emmanuel Sarikiael. Emmanuel's love for animals is very evident, as is his desire to share information on good animal husbandry.
Dr. Emmanuel Sarikiael, Meru, Tanzania
Emmanuel walks or rides a bicycle to reach the farmers he serves. To over come communication difficulties, he often walks or rides a bike on a regular circut to check on his farmers and to answer their questions.
It does not take much imagination to realize that the lack of speedy transportation seriously limits how many people Emmanuel can help, as well as limits his ability to attend to an emergency such as a cow with a difficult delivery.
Emmanuel is also a big proponent of teaching humane animal care and recently completed a course through the Meru Animal Welfare Organization, a non profit that teaches veterinarians humane animal care (especially for donkeys, cats, and dogs). https://www.facebook.com/Meru-Animal-Welfare-Organization-202570429835011/photos_stream
Dr. Emmanuel Sarikiael and fellow students at the Meru Animal Welfare Organization training.
I have asked Dr. Dauson Katuritsa, director of the Meru Animal Welfare Organization if he will assist with the details by using the funds I raise here, to purchase a motorcycle for Emmanuel Sarikaiel through MAWO. Because GFM does not transfer to foreign bank accounts, I will personally be retrieving the funds, and wiring the money to the MAWO, who in turn will purchase the motorcycle. The estimated cost of a motorcycle is USD$1500. I have also included $500 to help purchase refrigerated equipment needed to transport vaccines, and $1000 donation to MAWO to help with their work teaching Animal Welfare. The total funds needed are $4000. $3000 goes to the purposes above, and approximately $1000 goes toward's GFMs 5% fee, and 23% for state and federal taxes. If I am able to file this as a gift, the tax money saved will be used to purchase additional veterinary equipment and another $500 donation to MAWO. It should be easy to reach this goal if we all give a little. Keep in mind that Emmanuel's services are to rural people in Tanzania who's very welfare depends greatly on healthy herds and flocks, not to mention his enthusiastic willingness to improve animal welfare standards.
Why am I doing this? It was a NPR program that made me aware how a simple thing like a bicycle greatly improved the productivity of a farmer in Africa. This productivity translated to better welfare for his family. Transportation is something we take for granted here in the US. While improving transportation for every farmer could be difficult, making it easier for a veterinarian to get around, to provide veterinary care, and education, helps many farmers, so I feel this is a great place to start. Please give this some thought. This is not a large goal, and I know we can do it if everyone chips in.
Much of the work that Emmanuel does is to help rural families in Meru Tanzania, with their small flocks or herds. Emmanuel administers vaccinations and advice on animal care.