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My interview with Susan about Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge

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I’m a female adventurer on the road filming #wonderhunters to show the best in humanity around the world and challenging myself by doing the #explorersgrandslam to raise money for charities I support or Ambassador for and also for my own personal self as climbing the #sevensummits and skiing to the Geographical South and North poles is something I’ve always wanted to do. For me it’s about experiencing life using all the senses on a daily basis. Truly living, never just surviving.

While in Morocco I was lucky enough to be introduced to Susan and Charles, the founders of Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge. I was blown away by their kindness and compassion towards the donkeys and mules in Morocco and how they go about rescuing them from around the country giving them a wonderful retirement for the rest of their lives, which is what they deserve after many years of hard work.

The King of Morocco has done some amazing work to improve the country and personally speaking, I loved Morocco, the kindness of people, the service, the landscape, the energy, climbing Toubkal twice – once by myself with my dogs Happy and Basil and another time with my three children River 10, August 8, Meadow 7 and good friend Skip Archimedes. I think you’d be hard pressed to find kinder people anywhere else in the world, it’s truly magical full of incredible energy! During these trips I got to witness how hard the mules work as they are used as transport throughout the Atlas Mountains and in some cases, it’s the only way people can get food and drinks up the mountain, unless they want to carry it all themselves, which is pretty heavy lifting for miles on unstable ground, so mules are necessary to assist the locals with their work. I think it goes a bit too far though as I saw a mule carrying lots of luggage and two mountain bikes so that the owners could bike all the way down from Toubkal to Imlil. There has to be a balance and the only way to ensure this balance is by education. If more people around the world understood the intelligence of animals, and how wonderful and kind they are, I’d like to think they’d treat them better and not misuse them and instead retire them to a nice place, not abandon them on the road or wait until they are so badly injured that they suffer for the rest of their days in pain. Love, kindness, compassion and harmony is the answer for all of us to live on this amazing planet together. All lives matter.

If you’d like to learn more about Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge, please visit www.jarjeer.org

Love & Gratitude,

 

April x

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