I’m sitting here working on my bucket list, both for 2013, and for my whole life. For this year I wrote down “Donate to a charity once a month”. I was thinking through which cause I want to start with, and I didn’t have to think for long.
I never would have considered myself a “horse-person”, but I have become completely obsessed with just that the past months, to the point where my husband is genuinely worried I’m planning to bring home a horse any day soon. I am dedicating this post to the cause of my obsession; a cause I feel really deserves some recognition and positive exposure. If you’re looking for a cause to support, I would highly recommend Prince Fluffy Kareem. It is a small group of people (literally only 2 or 3 people) working in Cairo, Egypt, to save neglected/starving horses that work in the pyramid area.
From their page:
“Due to the Egyptian uprising last year, tourism dropped drastically and of course this has affected the economy. However, this is not the main cause for the condition of the area’s horses. [...] Reasons for the cases we see range from not caring, to poverty, to lack of education, to apathy, to upbringing, to culture, or a mix of all of them. Whatever the reasons, we try to help where we can.”
Not only do they rescue (buy/foster) horses, but they also run a free clinic out of their stable for people to come by with their horses for treatment.
I am stunned at what they are able to do with what little is available to them.
(For more amazing before and afters see here)
They update their facebook-followers with pictures from their stable and their rescues and fosters, as well as their clinics. Sometimes they will post pictures of daily life there. It’s definitely a great way to get a reality check and an insider’s view of what’s going on in Egypt.
The money they receive goes to stable rent, feed, medicines etc, but they also raise money to sponsor travel into Egypt for professional vets, farriers etc to help them treat the horses in the area, as well as to help educate themselves and the local horse owners.
Their pictures and posts can be overwhelming, so to get a sense of what they do, I recommend starting here in their album “PFK – from the humble beginning“, and their album “Frequently asked questions“.
And finally, for how to help, see here.
This is definitely where my coffee-money will be going to this year.