An Epic Horse Rescue Mission

£30,376 of £42k goal

Raised by 325 people in 14 months
Amanda Jane Retzlaff  Streatham South Ward, ENG
A Horse Rescue Mission

One Hundred and Four Horses
In 2005, 104 rescued horses crossed into Mozambique guided by the dedicated and compassionate Pat and Mandy Retzlaff. They were fleeing the violence and political upheaval in their own country, Zimbabwe. Farming families were turned out of their homes in a matter of hours, taking only what they could carry and being forced to leave behind their farm animals especially the beloved horses. Pat and Mandy took them all and with nowhere else to go, set off for Mozambique. These legendary equine refugees are true survivors. Even after escaping Zimbabwe, devastating challenges awaited in Mozambique; a destructive cyclone, tropical disease, and a tragic plant poisoning that took the lives of 30 more. And now the remaining 25 horses face an even more dreadful reality.

2016 – The Problem
Mozambique is suffering the most persistent and devastating drought in recent history. Vilanculos has received two inches of rain in three years. No rain means no grass to feed the precious horses through 2016.  We must tackle this potentially tragic outcome head-on with immediate action. Although the horses finance themselves and have always managed to pull through, Mandy and Pat are not going to be able to finance the enormous costs of transporting grass and feed.


We Have a Plan!

We’re launching A Second Horse Rescue Mission.
Pat and Mandy have done the math. To make it through the next 365 days including supplies, transport costs, buying a truck to haul grass, feed and water, plus wages for local workers, we need to raise approx. £1700 ($2400 US) per horse. With 25 horses, our total fundraising goal is £ 42,000£ ($60,000 US).

Yes, it’s a somewhat intimidating amount! But it’s also a Call to Action for the horses who have given us all so much, and who symbolize courage and resilience in the face of adversity. We truly believe that by partnering with you, we can achieve our goal and save the horses from this natural disaster.

What You Can Do
DONATE any amount you can spare to invest in the horses’ lives. *See list below.
FUNDRAISE in your own way. Show your photos and tell stories of MHS to a group of friends, or at your barn, inviting donations. Be creative!
PASS ON THIS CAMPAIGN to family, friends, colleagues, employees, neighbors, strangers... literally anyone and everyone!

Impact Level
Here is what your contribution pays for:

£16($23US) 3 Bags of Maize Bran. Feeds for the horses for 1 day.
£20($29US) 25 Bales of Grass for 1 day
£100 ($145US) 1 Workers’ wages for a month.
£400 ($xx US) 4 Workers’ wages for a month.
£20,000 ($29,000US) To go toward buying a second hand truck for hauling grass.

Working together, we can ensure the survival, and be part of the legacy, of the Mozambique Horses.

http://www.mozambiquehorsesafari.com/




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Update 49
Posted by Kate Retzlaff
1 month ago
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Dear Wonderful Friends of the Mozambique Horses. I am posting pictures of the horses at their happiest moments which is eating. We have been so blessed with wonderful gentle rain and somebody has really looked after us as there are still parts of Mozambique that have had no rain. Anybody who looks after livestock knows the anguish of drought and the financial expense of looking after animals and humans in these conditions. We narrowly missed the cyclone which hit our neighbours in Tofo and Inhambane and our hearts go out to them. So many of them frantically rebuilding homes and businesses. We thank each and everyone of you who donated to this fund. For Pat and I it was overwhelming that so may people cared about us. The massive support and concern warmed our hearts and showed us what a caring world it really is. A big thank you to our volunteers, volunteer parents, clients, friends and family who made sure we did not stand alone. We are humbled. Thanks to infinity and back from everyone at MHS. A big warm and wonderful hug to Karina who set this fund up and to GoFundMe.
Happiness is!!!!
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Update 48
Posted by Kate Retzlaff
3 months ago
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Thank you everyone. We are singing in the rain here in Vilanculos and have had the most wonderful showers. We just want you to know how happy everyone is!!! For others out there looking after livestock I know some of you have not had rain yet - we hope it comes. I know Karen who looks after her beautiful River Horses (Hippos) is still waiting for rain!!!. Thank you so much beautiful friends, family, clients and volunteers who have supported us - It has meant the world to Pat and I. What can you say other than Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and our hooves.
Its Raining - A big hello
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Update 47
Posted by Kate Retzlaff
3 months ago
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Dearest wonderful friends, family, supporters and everyone out there who has helped us through 2016. We just want you to know without your love, loyalty and support we would not have got through 2016. It has meant the world to us that so many people got behind us through this amazing fund. To the wonderful Karina who set this up thank you from the bottom of our hooves. It has proved how good this world really is and how kind and loving humans are. From all of us here at MHS we wish you the best 2017 ever. We have been blessed with wonderful rain this Christmas and everything is green. Happy horses make happy people and Pat and I are truly blessed. A big warm and wonderful hug to Charlotte who looks after the Benguerra Horses - You are special. To all our volunteers and clients who do so much for us. Thank You What can we say. Thank You . A very happy 2017 to you all. Come riding this 2017 we will give you a wonderful time. Much love and gratitude.
Forward into 2017
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Update 46
Posted by Kate Retzlaff
4 months ago
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Dear wonderful friends of the Mozambique Horses - As 2016 comes to a close as one of the most difficult years on record we look forward to a wetter and fruitful 2017. When you have livestock you have to be prepared for the unexpected. We have had two wonderful showers of rain already and there is an abundance of green grass flooding the landscape and very happy horses. I know everyone in Southern Africa is crossing fingers for a really good rainy season. A massive thank you to our beautiful volunteers, clients and friends that have stood by us and given so generously there can never be enough Thank You's. I was so touched recently to be invited down to Cape Town by Niki to talk at the Farrier event at Mistico Equestrian Centre. What a warm and wonderful welcome and the generosity of everyone there was so humbling. We have so much to be grateful for and we are so lucky to have such a loyal and loving following whose lives have been touched by these very lovable horses. So Pat and I and everyone at MHS and of course all the horses wish you the best Christmas ever and lets all look forward to the best year ever. Thank You from the bottom of our hooves every single one of you we would not have made it without you. Vilanculos 2016.
Thank You
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Amanda Jane Retzlaff
14 months ago
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A big thank you to all you absolutely wonderful people donating to the horses. So touched that so many people are contributing and I can't tell you how uplifting it is to feel this love and support.For all the people wo have dated anonymously I can't contact you but would just like to say THANK YOU

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Gail Meads
14 months ago
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These horses have come so far and have had to fight for their survival and now their in trouble again, help them if you can, even if your not into horses call it your random act of kindness.

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Maria Versos
4 months ago

And why don't you sell half of the horses to good people who will treat them well and raise this way the amount you need to go on with the other half of the horses? It seems more practical to me. It is a big burden to keeep all the horses if you do not have the funds. People may help you this year. And what about next year? Wish you and the hirses all the best.

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£30,376 of £42k goal

Raised by 325 people in 14 months
Created February 7, 2016
DM
£50
Deborah Martin
1 day ago

Your story and your horses have touched me deeply. I have only cared for two horses in my lifetime (both rescues) but considering the challenges that entailed, what you guys did and continue to do, just blows my mind!

TS
£50
Tory Strickland
1 month ago
1
1
CW
£20
Christina Wells
3 months ago
1
1

Keep up the amazing work! Xx

MW
£100
Mairi Wallace
3 months ago
1
1
AW
£20
Angie Watts
3 months ago
1
1
£5
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
£5
Christina Kamester
4 months ago
1
1
LH
£20
Lynette Herbke
4 months ago
1
1

I hope you reach your target and that the rains will come this season. Your story was very inspiring, well done

£2,000
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
MF
£20
mary feldt
4 months ago
1
1

May God bless you.

Amanda Jane Retzlaff
14 months ago
3
3

A big thank you to all you absolutely wonderful people donating to the horses. So touched that so many people are contributing and I can't tell you how uplifting it is to feel this love and support.For all the people wo have dated anonymously I can't contact you but would just like to say THANK YOU

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Gail Meads
14 months ago
1
1

These horses have come so far and have had to fight for their survival and now their in trouble again, help them if you can, even if your not into horses call it your random act of kindness.

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Maria Versos
4 months ago

And why don't you sell half of the horses to good people who will treat them well and raise this way the amount you need to go on with the other half of the horses? It seems more practical to me. It is a big burden to keeep all the horses if you do not have the funds. People may help you this year. And what about next year? Wish you and the hirses all the best.

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