A place of strength is what News24 journalist Tiyese Jerani has called Tom Ro Haven for Equines and Children. Commenting that The Haven has become a home of hope and comfort. As well as a place to regain strength for vulnerable children and horses.
Interviewing Stephanie for the Peoples Post article, Tiyese reports on The Havens programmes run for underprivileged children, victims of human trafficking, adults with mental disabilities, abused women and children and children with learning and behavioural problems among others. Children from various organisations and places of safety attend the educational enrichment programmes. People coming from Khayelitsha, Woodstock, Ocean View, Muizenberg and around the False Bay Area.
In the interview, Stephanie highlights how “Horses have huge healing abilities and we have felt it. We’ve got first-hand experience with the programmes we have. And it really is just a heart-warming sight to watch the breakthroughs we have had. It can happen when they first come or a couple of weeks later but it does happen.”
Helping “…people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, abuse issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As well as drug and alcohol addiction. Since the horses have similar behaviours to humans. Such as social and responsive behaviours. It is easy for the participants to create a connection with the horse. The bond between a human and the horse cannot be put into words and the healing power is amazing.”
Tiyese goes on to highlight The Havens need for regular financial support. And describes a working day at the farm, with Stephanie and Gillian starting their day at 4.30 am in all weather and through all seasons at the Cape Point farm. Feeding and grooming the rescued horses, and doing maintenance on the paddocks if it is needed. “We have to carry an average of six to eight wheelbarrows of food. Then we leave to go to work and run the paperwork side of the Haven. Then back in the afternoon for feeding. This would be a normal day during the week, then at the weekends we are there all day. ”
Read the full interview at www.news24.com.