Who We Help
- We work with a variety of beneficiary groups specific to our programmes. We have worked with Home from Home and the St Francis Outreach Trust as part of our pilot programmes in 2014, as well as the Ihata Shelter for abused women. It was a great privilege to get to know and work with these organisations – see a few of their testimonials below.
- We completed 8 sessions working with youth from Yabonga as part of our HIV/AIDS Empowerment Programme in 2014 thanks to our first donor, The HCI Foundation.
- We ran programmes with Home from Home (Youth at Risk), HOKISA (HIV/AIDS) and SA Children’s Home (Youth at Risk) from February 2015 thanks to further funding from The Rice Foundation Trust, The Graham and Rhona Beck Foundation, and the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation, as well as a group from HOKISA. We have also recently completed a Caregivers programme with foster mothers from Home from Home and an Abused Women programme with Ihata Shelter.
- In 2016 we worked with 10 organisations and 105 beneficiaries from the following organisations: Ihata Shelter, Childline, SAPS, Valkenberg Psychiatric Unit, Sisters Incorporated, Linawo Children’s Home, SA Children’s Home, Saartjie Baartman Centre, the Desmond Tutu Youth Centre and Rainbow of Hope.
- We also worked with the forensic social workers from the SA Police Service which was an incredible programme – what an inspiration those women are!
Working with clients on their journey is a privilege for us and we are rewarded every day when we see moments of change and empowerment. We recently worked with a client who is willing to share her journey with the horses in her words. Her words take you through her journey from beginning to end and we are so proud of her bravery and courage throughout her time with us and for being willing to share with others… Click here to read the full testimonial.
"Being in this horse therapy has taught me a lot about me, also I've realised where I make mistakes in life, my weaknesses for the fact that the horse stopped. But I've learned that I don't need to give up easily and that sometimes it's good to rely on and trust people. I have learned that I am able to do things on my own. I've gained confidence in me. I have learned that I can also lead, I can now express how I feel."
Last year from March - April 2016, my colleagues and I had an opportunity to participate in the caregivers and Mental health professionals programme. I must say it was quite an interesting and challenging experience having been in the arena, surrounded with animals twice / thrice my size not having any knowledge with working with horses. I remember the very first session with the horse’s I was petrified just being around them and having them come any closer to me, the sessions thereafter were liveable in terms of I had to self -talk myself and challenge myself to overcome the fear of the unknown (what would the horses pick up that I don't necessarily know about myself). I must say two things stood out for me about myself through the activities that were done. 1. Following rigid rules that don't leave room for creativity or adaptability frustrates me and can bring out the rebel in me or the despondent side of me. 2. Working in a client professional setting with a male figure or a father figure who portrays an overpowering, dominant and arrogant role within his family can also bring out either the feminist in me or the “I don't want to work with you because it'll be too frustrating”. The reason I highlighted these two points was because I had always seen myself as a calm, I've got this under control person. So, it was quite interesting to see that, certain things bring out certain sides to me. With that said, I think, having this type of programme that is catered to the caregivers and Mental health professionals is a great initiative because one gets to tap into areas that they weren't aware of as well as they become aware of what to work on as a mental health professional or a caregiver. Sarah & Fiona does do a great job.
What a lovely report and what deep and spot on insight into each child after just 6 sessions! I am so happy that what you spoke of when Sue and I met you quite a long time ago now, has become a reality, and is making such a big difference in our children and so many other lives. Keep up your great work and thank you for affording our kids this very special opportunity! Robyn Cohen Director HOKISA, Masiphumelele
“I felt more strong because it made me more trustworthy and caring. It changed my feelings because it taught me not to run away from fear but to face it. It has become my healer to my soul and makes me more fearless. It changes a lot of my body and senses and it gives you a sense of humour. Equinox is real trust.”
Hi guys, I just want to say thank you for showing me things that I didn't experience in life. And also with the horse training I didn't know that horses are like humans in their own way that they also feel pain, feelings. They also communicate in their own way. I've realised that animals are also living things, that they cannot talk but they also have feelings. Now I can also talk about animals how they live and how they feel when they are sad, they are just like us. Hope you enjoyed being with us and we also enjoyed being with you guys. Hope you do the same with the next group.
I was privileged to attend an event with The Equinox Trust in October to raise funds to develop much needed empowerment programs for underprivileged communities. The location was fantastic and the session was both professionally run and highly informative. We were split into small groups and given the opportunity to experience tai chi, bowen, reiki and equine therapy. The highlight for me was seeing equine therapy in action and it was fascinating to witness the powerful healing that horses can assist with from both a social and emotional development point of view. A big thank you to the Equinox Team for their hard work and dedication and for helping to make a real difference to people’s lives.
It was an eye-opening experience to watch our children’s confidence grow during the 6 weeks interaction therapy with your horses. Our little girl who on the first day would not even get close to the animals and needed 5 sessions to let go of your hand, helped cleaning their hoofs at the end. Our boy lost his shyness and is less introvert after working with them. He also found a friend. After the last session he went and said to his favourite horse: “Good bye my friend, I love you!” I admire your patience and your certitude of the magic of the horses' reaction to the hidden pain and suppressed feelings of human beings. The effect these gentle creatures had on our children is amazing. Please, accept our deepest gratitude for this wonderful experience which our children were able to have. - Monika du Sautoy