South Africa

The Equinox Trust

We believe in the human potential of people to heal themselves. We equip people with skills to make positive choices and changes when faced with challenging circumstances. We empower people to change their lives.

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here:

www.facebook.com/equinoxtrust
www.equinoxtrust.org
www.twitter.com/TheEquinoxTrust

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

The Equinox Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making Equine Assisted Empowerment Programmes accessible to communities in need in the Western Cape. Equine Assisted Therapy (E.A.T.) is an innovative approach to professional counselling and skills development which uses horses to help participants address and resolve relational, behavioural, psychological and emotional issues. The participants are from organisations that require/are in need of this kind of psychosocial support.

The Equinox Trust has designed 4 specific programmes in the areas of youth at risk, abused women, carers and mental health professionals, and the Valkenberg Psychiatric Programme. Participants in the programmes work with the horses through the modality of Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning to achieve the programme goals and objectives.

How long has your Organisation been operational?

4 years

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?

Finding consistent funding in order to keep programmes running

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

challenging
rewarding
interesting

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?

Not directly

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?

Constant source of funding so we could continue to help people all year round

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?

Fundraising and marketing
Financial management

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?

Get all your ducks in a row before even starting! And make sure everything you do is above-board

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?

That donors are still hesitant to pay for salaries

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:

Presenting what we do at the annual Eagala conference in America in 2018 – www.eagala.org

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?

Determined
Amazing
Empowering

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