Todos a Galope provides free participation in a program of equestrian activities for children at risk of exclusion, using the horse as a mediator to promote social inclusion.
In Portugal, more than one out of six children live in a situation of poverty (source) and the inequality indexes report a considerable number of children at risk of social exclusion.
Group sports are an important tool for promoting social inclusion. In conjunction with the benefits of equestrian sport, establishing a relationship with the horse has a positive impact on the health and well-being of children and the development of social and personal skills. However, in our society, horseback riding is still considered an elitist sport and is accessible only to a minority.
In its social inclusion program mediated by equestrian activities, Todos a Galope has hosted, free of charge and regularly, more than 20 children at risk of exclusion, which were received in the framework of partnerships developed with institutions that carry out social intervention such as Casa Pia de Lisboa / CED Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, Irmãs Dominicanas / Lar Madre Teresa de Saldanha and O Companheiro, Associação de Fraternidade Cristã.
The program developed in recent years has been possible with the financial support of the European Commission through the project Riding Together - Solidarity on Horseback, coordinated by Todos a Galope. This funding is nearly ending and Todos a Galope is strongly committed to gathering the necessary conditions to continue this program of social inclusion.
Help us to continue this mission: Todos a Galope will integrate 30 children at risk of exclusion in the program of equestrian activities, during the academic year 2018/2019, completely free of charge. In this campaign, we are asking for your aid to support the costs of the activities of at least one-third of these children (10 children).
Your contribution will bring about a positive change in the lives of at-risk children, for whom this program will make a difference in their day-to-day and future.
Each child will participate in a weekly session of about 2 hours for 9 months. The activities will be organized and developed by a team of accredited professionals in the field of equestrian sports, education and coaching. The value of the sessions is € 80 per month per child.
How you can contribute and how your contribution will make a difference:
10€ = ½ session
20€ = 1 session
40€ = 2 sessions = ½ month
80€ = 4 sessions = 1 month
160€ = 8 sessions = 2 months