“Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.”

- Josephine Demott Robinson Author

It is the aim of Tom Ro Haven, to build on the local interest in and predilection for horses and in this way to do something positive about the children living in poverty.

There is a great deal of poverty in the Western Cape. If you were to drive through the different areas, down the back lanes and alleys and around the farmer’s fields, you would see some of the hundreds of children trapped to some extent or other in the poverty that surrounds them. At almost any time of the day or evening, you will see groups of children wandering through the informal settlements and through the rural parts, bored and looking for something to do. That something often means trouble.

Another thing you will notice in driving around are the numbers of horses and ponies owned by the community – they can be seen tethered on the grassy verges, in backyards and on almost any small piece of ground in the townships. Some of the luckier children can be seen from time to time on horseback out in the farmer’s fields, usually going at full gallop.

It is the aim of Tom Ro Haven is to build on the local interest in and predilection for horses and in this way to do something positive about the children living in poverty.

Learn more here of why Tom Ro Haven came to be.

Our Vision

~ Rescue abused, neglected and unwanted horses.
~ Rehabilitation and schooling of horses.
~ Offer non profit livery facilities, half, quarter, full and home leases to people.
~ Use horses to offer Equine Assisted Therapy to those in need as an alternative to medical therapy and an addition to conventional therapy.
~ To teach underprivileged children a skill involving the care of horses, learning to ride and to compete as well.
~ To teach general animal care and empathy so that they may take these values and principles back to their communities and implement them there, and influence and educate by example other members of their communities.
~ To provide a safe haven for disturbed, abused and neglected children and young people, by giving them a safe environment to work through their problems and issues.
~ To visit and educate the general community in general animal care and give them practical assistance and help as well as monitoring their progress.
~ To provide corporate team building exercises to various corporates in order to identify concerns, promote confidence and motivate the teams to work to their full capabilities. This will also promote team work and discover new problem solving solutions as well as leadership and planning skills, building trust and teaching better communication skills.
~ To provide therapeutic treatment for patients suffering from Post traumatic Stress Syndrome, depression, substance addictions and sexual and physical abused.
~ To provide lessons in equestrian sports from beginner to advanced levels in showjumping, dressage, showing and eventing.

Our Structure

The Tom-Ro Haven is a charity registered with the Department of Social Development as a non-profit organisation – link to NPO certificate - (NPO).

The Haven has a constitution (approved by the Department of Social Development) and is run by a management committee that has been elected by its members. The Haven has an administrator (honorary) but no paid staff at this time.

The beneficiaries of our programs are and will continue to be overwhelmingly black (i.e. using the wider definition of black, coloured and Indian) and thus your organization will be able to claim B-BBEE points under the Socio-Economic Development category if you wish to. We can arrange for an inspection by an Independent Competent Person to verify this.

Our Team

Our current committee comprises of ten members from all walks of life, age groups and industries all with one common goal and commitment to the haven and it’s requirements to ensure the rescue, rehabilitation and care of our rescues. Each member plays a vital role ensuring various tasks are completed in all areas of the organisation and it’s responsibilities. Meet our team.

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How you can participate.

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Tom Ro Haven for Equines & Children is completely self funding with no financial assistance from the South African Government. We rely solely on the donations of individuals, businesses and corporate entities to assist us in lightening the financial load that comes with running an organisation of this nature.

With our current rescues and programmes we have reached our maximum capacity and are currently turning horses and ponies away as we simply cannot take anymore in until we have enough financial assistance to do so.

We have a number of ways that you can assist us in contributing to our programmes, rescues, rehabilitation and campaigns - please view our "Help Us" tab and donation information to donate now.

Reach out to us

We love visitors and admire our volunteers for all their hard work and efforts, the work we do would not be possible without the help of some very special individuals.

The haven has scheduled days where a individual, group or school may volunteer.

We also hosts open days every Sunday, where you can come down and meet the haven family and decide which days you would like to volunteer and assist, for more information to find out how to become a volunteer you can contact us

Make a pledge

Busy individuals, families, corporate entities and our followers abroad are encouraged to help us on a monthly basis by becoming one of our wonderful "Haven Helpers". This facility affords the opportunity to financially assist us in our ongoing programmes and rescues instead of volunteering or providing once off donations.

Call us or visit our shop for the many items and programmes you can support us with.

Badger Before and After
Bella Before and After

A small group of people had the foresight and dedication to make Tom Ro Haven a reality.

Meet our founders

Tom Ro Haven – Horse Rescue Charity – aims to build on the local interest in and predilection for horses. While also doing something positive about children living in poverty. Registered charity NPO 100-279.

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