Case Study - South Africa

“Youth at Risk” is one of the horse-assisted programmes run by non-profit organisation Shumbashaba – Horses Helping People in the township of Diepsloot near Johannesburg.

Shumbashaba was founded more than 20 years ago as a therapeutic riding centre for people with special needs. Over the years, its activities diversified to include equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning.

This non-profit organisation improves the quality of life of seriously disadvantaged people in the township of Diepsloot near Johannesburg, often  working in partnership with government departments and non-profit organisations operating there. 

Its ground-based programmes have had a positive impact on teenagers faced with poverty, limited educational opportunities and unemployment by teaching them to relate to others, their environment and themselves on the basis on awareness, integrity, respect and trust. Children with disabilities from these communities, who have limited access to health facilities and treatment, benefit enormously from Shumbashaba’s therapeutic riding programme.