Unfortunately for this majestic creature the treatment that they have endured has not been reciprocated in kind.
Whilst Animal welfare groups and people all over the globe try vehemently to protect our four-legged friends from our very selves there is always certain hot spots that come to mind when we think of animal neglect. One of these places is the Giza area in Egypt. Home to the Ancient Pyramids.
On my travels, I meet many weird and wonderful people. Some of whom I am able to help and some of whom leave a little piece of joy in my heart for their positive contribution to the world. However, in my 39 years on this planet and with a keen eye for the "genuine" in somebody, I have never met someone like 'Tamer' (Tah-mehr). I met Tamer early April of this year and his story moved me to the point that I can't sit back and do nothing.
Why is this guy special?
Other than the fact that Tamer is a most humble, peaceful and kind individual who makes you feel as though you are family instantly . . .for many years Tamer has worked in and around the Giza area rescuing and fighting for the rights of horses, donkeys and dogs within the capabilities that he has. He does this every day without fail and is armed with a story that is best told by him personally as I could never do it justice although I will try my best here.
He has been an advocate for change and a local warrior for raising awareness and activism for the mistreatment of Giza animals. In direct defiance of ancient cultural bad habits and a significant lack of education and governmental involvement, he has proven to be a shining beacon in the mission of the Animal Welfare movement. The greatest travesty is only a small amount of people know his name.
Tamer lost everything he had in a reneged trade deal when a wealthy landowner sold his operational land out from under him without warning. Essentially rendering 45 horses homeless 35 of which were returned to their absent owners and their fate is today still unknown (The other 10 were rescued). Tamer has on many occasions shown that his horses come first. Sometimes himself not eating so that he could buy the feed for the horses instead.
Dejected but in no way dismayed, this meant that he had to find somewhere for his remaining horses . . . so he opened the Cairo Horse Riding School in an amazing setting on the outskirts of the Giza area which backs on to the unforgiving but breathtaking Sahara desert with the wonder of the pyramids as its backdrop.
To say it fills you with awe. . . is an understatement
Tamer put everything he had in re-homing his beloved horses and since has been working relentlessly. 7 days a week with his brother and sporadic labour involvement (when he can afford it) to care for and re-nourish horses of all shapes and sizes, all with their own tragic but hopeful stories. With help from International sponsors (of which my company is proudly one), he has managed to tread water for quite some time and has done so in his humble way without complaint and without regret.
However I recently had a meeting with Tamer and I saw a man with a sadness in his eyes due to the stresses that he has endured and its tax on his spirit for the vision that he hopes to achieve, hence the need for public involvement and support.
Tamer understands that it doesn't matter how many horses he can rescue and it doesn't matter how much money he can raise. If we don't get to the source of the problem then it is a conveyor belt of futility and the forgotten products are the horses themselves.
To effect any change we must change the hearts and minds of those who perpetrate not because they maliciously wish to hurt their animals but because its the only thing they know. These practices have been handed down from father to son for centuries. Humans can be ignorant animals themselves. Whilst we can judge them, Tamer knows this isn't the way. We must educate them. Show them the right way.
To that effect this is what he wants to do:
1. Fix up the stables and surrounding area to make this a go-to destination for ethical horse riding and Egypt tourism revival
2. Engage with the Egyptian Government in a lobbyist fashion to develop a licensing program for animal owners in the area.
3. Once established the licensing: Develop a structured education program which would become compulsory to hold the said license.
4. Revive the Pyramid area to cease the accosting nature of the gangs that run it essentially creating negative experiences for tourists who wish to see the pyramids. (Just check the reviews of those that have come before)
5. Revive and renew tourist confidence to visit the pyramids sound in the knowledge that they won't be ripped off or made to feel unsafe.
6. Develop a week of a unique itinerary to allow for a wonderful Equine experience by people from all over the world. Inclusive of: Horse Riding (Of course), Pyramid Visit, Cairo Exploration, Sunset Rides, Morning Rides Night time Rides.
and in so doing he needs all of this:
1. Money - To facilitate the project components
2. Tack - Tamer has had to use the most basic and second-hand equipment
3. Feed - At the moment Tamer is struggling with even this. The most important part of a horses recovery is their nutritional balance.
4. Equine Medicines - Tamers anxiety centres around the horses' health and stresses the same as that of a parent and child
5. Labour - Only Tamer and his brother operate the stables with help being a very rare commodity. 17 hour days are the norm for these gentlemen
6. Help - Public support and awareness for his campaign.
I think we can all agree that this is something that we would all like to see happen. Please give what you can to help this remarkable individual to achieve his goals. Not just to make you feel better but to make you feel as though you are part of something that at one point seemed almost impossible.
I have set the target to £50k but to be honest this guy needs as much as we can raise because there will always be something that needs to be upgraded or bought including the land he is now on. New land for new stables, equipment and feed all increases costs as does labour to help him achieve his goals. 100% of funds (other than GoFundMe fee) will go to Tamer and his project. The result will be a fantastic destination for horse lovers and travellers alike with the added benefit of changing the whole area for the better.
Fusion Global Services (FGS) the UK and FGS Egypt are proud to be part of this exciting project. To see what we do please visit www.fgsltd.com
Be part of it too. :)
Check out Tamers' reviews on TripAdvisor: Cairo HRS TripAdvisor
Why he is doing this:
These photos are the current state:
Horse Gates needing Repaired
Training Yard fencing and levelling needed
Food Stores depleting and unable to replenish for sufficient nourishment
Riding Equipment wearing thin
Amun Ra - The latest family member. Rescued from being a Cart Horse.
*The photos provided are of happier and more affluent times. The stables are now in need of essential repairs. Food stores are low and medicine non existent. Please give generously.
- Jane Arraf
- Breanna Meals
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