JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Could donkey milk be the way of the future for helping needy children in Namibia?
A community center in the country's northern Oshikoto region has started a donkey milking project as a way of providing nutrition to HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, according to The Namibian newspaper.
The Tov Multipurpose Center in Tsumeb, the region's largest town (with a population of just 15,000), is also touting its donkey milking project as a way to provide jobs for the community and raise funding.
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Reverend Edward Amadhila, the center's founder, was inspired to milk donkeys after reading a newspaper article praising the nutritional benefits of the drink, said to be low in fat and high in vitamins and proteins, The Namibian reported.
He still wasn't entirely convinced that the project would work.
“We see the donkey as a work animal and not as an animal that can provide nutrition," Amadhila said.