Kasbah Clothing founder and designer Heather Benhrima made Marrakech her home in the 1980s and has been a valued part of the community ever since. Supporting local causes is very important to Heather. One such charitable organisation that really spoke to her was the Jarjeer Donkey and Mule sanctuary – based just on the outskirts of the city.

Jarjeer Donkey Sanctuary

The Jarjeer Donkey and Mule Sanctury was founded by fellow ex-pats Charles Hantom and Susan Machin.

Charles, a retired solicitor, was the Senior Partner at a well known law firm in Manchester until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his professional life he worked tirelessly to represent Trade Unions and their members. And it was for this work he was presented with an award from the Community Trade Union for his outstanding service to iron and steel workers.

Susan is a barrister who also practised in Manchester. Her background is in psychiatry. Her former practice primarily dealt with cases within the Mental Health realm. Susan continues her work in Marrakech, and is a driving force behind providing employment for local people.

As passionate and dedicated professionals, Charles and Susan have carried that zeal into the next chapter of their lives, which is clear to see from the love and attention they pour into Jarjeer Donkey Sanctuary.

Foothills of the High Atlas

The sanctuary is a haven, a community and a retirement home for elderly, abused and disabled donkeys and mules.

The animals are cared for by a team of dedicated individuals – all local men who have a wealth of experience in equine care and a genuine love for the animals in their guardianship.

Kasbah Clothing Team Visit

The Kasbah Team were lucky enough to visit the Sanctuary and meet some of the wonderful characters while there. Heather, Christina and Becky were given a tour of the grounds and facilities where they made lots of new furry friends!

We wanted to extend a huge thank you to Charles and Susan and the whole Jarjeer Sanctuary team for being such warm hosts.

If you’d like to learn more about the wonderful work that happens at Jarjeer you can visit their website here.

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