The Thanda Inja Community Outreach Project
The Thanda Inja Community Outreach Project was established five years ago with core services offering free veterinary services in the Gabon, Chris Hani and surrounding Informal Settlements in Daveyton. Every second week a team of registered veterinarians and volunteers accompanies Thanda Inja to offer veterinary services, vaccinations, tick and flea treatment, de-worming, education and supplement feeding. At the same time that we offer veterinary care to the community, we also offer a soup kitchen which is visited by children passing by on their way to school and to the community.
In order to effectively take veterinary care to Daveyton and other communities in the same situation Thanda Inja need to acquire its own veterinary hospital and mobile veterinary theatres. The greatest challenge moving forward is to ensure the sustainability of the current offering of this project and the services being offered. The need is ever-increasing with word spreading to neighbouring communities who are also visiting our by-weekly clinic. Thanda Inja is also receiving requests to assist in other towns and Provinces in South Africa.
The key to sustainability of Thanda Inja as a community outreach project lies in partnering with Corporates, Philanthropists and individuals for the required funding and resources to build and resource the Thanda Inja Animal Welfare Hospital supported with mobile veterinary theatres. It is a requirement of the Government that the mobile clinics be linked to an animal hospital to attend to more complicated surgery and medical care. Only then will we begin to make a real impact on these impoverished communities. Such partnering initiatives offer South African donors tax benefits asThanda Inja is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation and are able to offer Section 18A certificates for all financial contributions.
The challenge is that on a daily basis we are faced with the images of humans needing help, yet we forget that these humans also own animals that also need attention. Sadly the owners are unable to afford or to have access to commercial veterinary care and have nowhere to turn. Besides the cost factor, the local taxi’s will not allow animals to be transported in their vehicles.
The solution lies in the plan to provide a fully-fledged animal welfare hospital offering high-volume, low-cost sterilizations and veterinary care to low and no-income earners supported with mobile veterinary theatres which will take veterinary care to communities in need. For this to happen we need and seek to obtain support to:
- Fund the construction of the community based animal welfare hospital on land already acquired
- Fund the fittings, furniture, equipment and theatres required to resource the hospital
- Procure 2 mobile animal theatres (clinics) and 2 animal ambulances (promote company branding)
By partnering with Thanda Inja (which means ‘Love Dog’) donors will be ensuring a win-win position for both stakeholders and the communities that Thanda inja will operate in.
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