Early Intervention Works!

Our after-school programme is designed to increase emotional intelligence and empathy levels, while developing coping skills to help maintain an open heart into adulthood.

It also provides us with the ideal opportunity to identify children (and their families) in need of emotional support and other forms of assistance.

A unique combination of proven approaches

Programme Components

Humane Education

We source and provide CAPS-aligned, department approved lesson plans and materials to foundation phase teachers, ensuring that all material is relevant, culturally sensitive and easy to understand.

Children learn about the 5 Freedoms:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from fear and distress

Humane education nurtures respect and compassion for all living beings.

By teaching children about perspective taking and compassion from a young age, they are better able to develop empathy, which in turn lowers the risk of antisocial behaviour.  By raising levels of empathy, we also create caring classroom environments, which lead to improved learning – and teaching.

Animal Assisted Learning & Development

Our Animal Assisted Learning & Development activities form part of an experiential programme facilitated within a group format, and are designed specifically for improving empathy levels and coping skills.  All objective-driven activities take place in a fun and exciting atmosphere that requires their active participation and co-operation.

Horses, dogs and other animals are highly attuned to body language and emotions, and are able to pick up on physiological cues that might otherwise go undetected in by the human eye.  By reading the animals’ and children’s interactions and reactions during structured activities, our trained therapists are able to target specific issues and areas of development.  They are also able to detect emotional dysfunction and incongruency, which highlights the need for therapeutic intervention.

Wildlife Appreciation

Our Wildlife Appreciation component takes place at schools, as well as with visits to internationally acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries.

The programme includes education on the identification and behaviour of various animals that would ordinarily be at risk in the communities where we work. Many animals are needlessly injured or killed through fear, misunderstanding and cultural beliefs, which is why education is critical to ensuring the safety of the animals and the humans who encounter them.

We use the visits to sanctuaries to learn, but also to develop empathy for the animals who previously lost their freedom, suffered neglect or abuse, whilst focusing on their determination and their methods of coping.

Non-venomous snakes are used to help children face their fears, while learning important self-calming techniques, to reduce anxiety levels and help them think clearly in any dangerous situation.

Equine Assisted Group & Family Sessions

Our equine assisted group sessions take place on our farm.  These include workshops and team-building for school staff, group sessions for children dealing with specific concerns, as well as family sessions to help strengthen relationships, improve communication, and/or deal with shared trauma.

Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Animal assisted therapy and play therapy work really well for assisting very young children, as well as children who struggle to express themselves in traditional talk therapy. We’ve learned that combining the two therapies can be extremely effective in breaking through barriers.

Want to Get Involved?

If you’d like to know more about our programme or how you can help, we’d love to hear from you.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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