Guest Blogger: Written by Terri from Begin Again Ranch
Equine therapy is experiential in nature. What does that mean? For kids, it means that by working alongside the horse, the child will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns with the adult coach. Horses are intimidating to many as they are large, powerful and somewhat unpredictable. This creates an opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.
There are many steps we have had to take to start-up this non-profit. The steps we have accomplished to get to where we are now are too difficult to keep track of because there are literally hundreds of steps!
Since it is so difficult to share our progress in steps, we share them in “phases” because we never know how many steps there are until we start the first step. For example, some of the phases we have shared have only taken 4-5 steps to complete, while other phases we share have taken us 20 or more steps to complete.
We have been on the lookout for a country that would allow our Angel K Love Project vision and mission to thrive. We begin our research in Colorado and found that the laws are too strict and difficult to work with as a same-sex couple. We also found that the USA is very expensive compared to some other countries at the time of writing this blog post.
In 2014, we decided to embark on some travel research in the South Pacific area using our own funds. We spent 4 months in Australia and 6 months in New Zealand. We loved their alternative schools and we learn so much about horse therapy, but found the laws for North Americans to become residents were very strict, VERY expensive and difficult to accomplish.
1. The population of Uruguay is around 3.5 million.Half of Uruguay’s population lives in the capital city of Montevideo. Uruguay is about the same size as the State of Washington and is the second to last smallest country in South America.
2. The name Uruguay comes from the Uruguay River. The work Uruguay translates to ‘river of the painted birds’ in the Guarani language. The river starts in Brazil and ends in the Rio de la Plata Basin which forms the water border between Uruguay and Argentina. (Source: El Pais)
At the time of this post, we have been in Ecuador for 17 days. Within those 17 days, Michelle and I have learned so much about purchasing property in South America, and about orphanages, adoption laws, and of course the Ecuadorean culture. We enjoyed being in the country of Ecuador and we love everyone we have met during our travels here.
We visited many different schools and communities that were considered “green”while traveling in Australia. When a building and/or establishment is “green”, that means that it is environmentally friendly (also referred to as eco-friendly). According to Google’s definition, “environmentally friendly are marketing and sustainability terms referring to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment.”
GENOCIDE IS A DELIBERATE, SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF RACE, ETHNIC, OR RELIGIOUS GROUP, WHILE GENDERCIDE IS A DELIBERATE, SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF A SPECIFIC GENDER GROUP - USUALLY GIRLS. The gendercide crisis is severely impacting child institution systems around the world too. Orphanages are overcrowded with abandoned little girls.
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