Support animal health and Veterinarians without Borders with Aeroplan Miles

Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9– Animal Health Week in Canada — Aeroplan will match all miles donated to Veterinarians without Borders up to 500,000.

Those miles make a huge contribution to Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF’s) work improving the lives of people around the world by improving the health of animals. Many of the poorest people in Africa and Asia depend on their animals for survival. For those millions of families, healthy animals mean better human health and nutrition.

Aeroplan Miles help VWB/VSF send dedicated Canadian volunteers –vets, vet students, and other professionals – to support animal owners and train local animal health workers in many countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Aeroplan points help VWB/VSF Canada staff travel to supervise and monitor programs around the world, and to work in difficult places, such as South Sudan, where it is not possible to send volunteers.

VWB/VSF’s work in South Sudan started with a project to help refugees care for their animals and safely use some of those animals for food as hunger stalked the refugee camps. Over the past year and a half, in spite of renewed violence, dedicated staff – mostly from South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya – have managed to push ahead with a project to produce more food in a country where some 4.8 million people are facing a hunger crisis.The project involves caring for animals – South Sudan is a country of herders. But it also involves making better use of those animals to produce food. Crops have traditionally been grown with hand labour, but by training farmers to plow with oxen and donkeys, many more hectares can be planted.

VWB/VSF has worked with dairy farmers in Kenya, HIV-affected families in Uganda who are raising goats, and cricket producers in Cambodia who are pioneering a sustainable and accessible new protein source. Aeroplan Miles are also essential to a partnership with two Canadian veterinary schools who provide veterinary services in remote communities in Canada’s Arctic North.

VWB/VSF is deeply grateful for the support of miles donors and Aeroplan which has been so generous in matching donated miles. To date, more than 22.8 million Aeroplan Miles have been donated to VWB/VSF. 

For more information about Veterinarians without Borders, please visit: https://www.vetswithoutborders.ca/ or follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/VetswithoutBorders or Twitter @VWB_VSF.

Support Veterinarians without Borders by donating your miles today.

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