BY LAURA KRAUT, OLYMPIAN AND AMBASSADOR TO BROOKE USA
Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
Renowned Olympian and show jumper Laura Kraut became an official ambassador for Brooke USA in 2015, and has ultimately raised funds and awareness through her involvement for a variety of programs, including Women 4 Donkeys, Buy a Donkey a Drink and most recently, The Full Tummy Project, a new campaign focused on addressing nutritional challenges in the developing world. Kraut also worked with Brooke USA partner, Beauty For Real, to design an exclusive lip balm as part of their Lip Revival All Natural Lip Balm line, of which 20% of each sale benefits Brooke USA.
A prominent horsewoman and competitor on the global stage, Kraut is no stranger to advocating for a better world. “My involvement with Brooke USA began when I first heard the stories and saw the photos,” Kraut commented. “Although they initially bring you to tears, you see that your involvement in this organization leads to hope for families and their working equines. It’s their approach to serious equine welfare issues that motivated me to become an ambassador. The truth is, while we may compete for sport, these owners are counting on the income generated by their animals to keep their children from going hungry each night.”
Through Brooke USA funded programs, Brooke, the largest international equine welfare organization, helps equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world to implement scientifically-proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges.
Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy now and in the long-term, which also benefits the very poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living.