Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. A special needs young woman herself, recipient Caroline used her microgrant to build multiple activity stations on a therapeutic riding trail in Georgia. The stations vary every week so riders never experience the same activity twice.
- What inspired you to initiate this project?
Because of a pediatric brain tumor, I have physical and cognitive challenges. Therapeutic riding at Heaven’s Gait Riding has made a major difference for me physically and emotionally. Heaven’s Gait is constructing a therapeutic riding trail, and I wanted to be a part of making the trail as great as it can be since it will benefit young people who struggle like I do.
2. How did the grant help with your project?
The grant allowed us to purchase building materials so volunteers could construct the needed houses that sit atop poles along the trail. Additionally materials were needed for a short bridge, and small toys, wooden puzzles and balls were purchased for the activity stations.
3. How many people were included in your project?
Including me 12 people volunteered to build and assemble our sensory trail stations. Those who volunteered expressed their gratitude for being able to participate in such a worthy project.
4. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?
The sensory trails are used daily during therapeutic riding sessions with special needs children and adults. These stations and improvements will have an enormous impact on our lives & will be used for many years to come.