Children come to the hospital and learn in the classroom but also get shown around the stables and get to see first-hand how we help animals and it is explained how to prevent their animal from suffering the same fate as those they see hospitalised.Our local teacher, Wael Nour, educates a different class of up to 50 students, from the schools in Luxor, four times a week.
‘Looking at them coming off the bus into ACE with a lot of noise and very much unorganised – it makes you think that a lesson would never have any effect on these kind of poor and badly educated kids …
Finding some of them in tears when they see our photos of bleeding and badly treated animals. Looking at how much most of them are reacting with the lesson and how much they love the song and the story… It really makes you know that we are not wasting our time. They are really learning…. And you feel that a lot of them are already changed before they return to the bus.’
They are taught that animals feel pain and how to care for them. They learn to be kind and respectful to all living creatures. This is vital for the long term improvement of animal welfare in the area. Much of what we see is through ignorance and breaking the cycle of misunderstandings and lack of knowledge will make sure there is a brighter future for animals in Egypt.
We have been teaching local children in the area for several years now and already we know we are having an impact. We are now seeing the children we taught come to ACE with their animals for preventative care as well as veterinary treatment. The children (left) came to ACE when they realised their donkey was starting to get painful on his back and they saw blood. We helped heal their donkey and also provided a cover for the chain to protect his nose. They knew to bring him to ACE having attended one of our teaching days.
If you would like to visit us while you are in Luxor, we would love to see you and show you around the centre. You will get a tour of the hospital, centre and the stables where you can meet and cuddle some of our patients!
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life. You don’t need to be a qualified vet or vet nurse to help us at the centre in Luxor. We have general volunteer placements, veterinary student and vet nurse student placements.
Find out more here.