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Thank you for donating 50 dollars. Tata and Lee Ah Mooi greatly appreciate your support.
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About Campaignends 28 Feb 2019, 11:59 PM
Dignify is a psycho-social care programme that aims to improve the emotional well-being of elderly with dementia or depression, through a combination of Person-Centred Care and Animal-Assisted Learning.
Find out more at www.equal.org.sg
About the Charity
At EQUAL, our work is unique: We rescue animals, who go on to rescue us. We adopt unwanted and injured horses (from among the 300+ horses in Singapore who need to look for new homes every year), and re-train them into therapy horses. In their new roles, they work with people with special needs, at-risk youth, families in need, and elderly with dementia, helping to develop in them the vital social-emotional skills necessary to face life's challenges. These skills, such as managing impulsivity, empathy, persistence, self-awareness are often difficult to impart. We do so via camouflaging learning as recreation, through hands-on and interactive activities with the horses. Why horses? Throughout history, horses and humans always had a special relationship. Not many in the animal kingdom have their size, gentleness and intelligence. Our beneficiaries learn to love our rescued horses, with their different backstories, personalities and quirks. In doing so, they learn to love themselves. A study by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and KK Hospital showed that our programme improved youths' social-emotional skills by 70%. Another study by IMH showed that improvements in social-emotional skills via our programme was associated with improvements in academic results.