Through Farmtown, you have the power to make a big difference right in your own backyard!
Farmtown Canada works to reach young girls to support their safety and wellness after disclosing grooming, targeting, or trafficking.
Our focus is to work with police, victims services agencies and government officials to provide a safe place for girls to receive support. We provide an environment that promotes wellness and healing so they have a chance to start again. We speak up and out about what drives the sex slavery industry in our communities, and educate those communities about what can be done to keep our eyes on our girls.
Horses that Heal programs utilize trafficked trauma informed, PTSD equine theories and peer supports to provide safety, mindfulness and grounding. Girls and teens need divergent supports to help them through arrests, victimization, or having been a victim or witness to violence and/or sexual violence. Abandonment trauma, anxiety and insecurity resulting from family or life situations are often concurrent issues. Residential placements with agencies and group homes need anti-trafficking informed supports for minor girls. Horses attract girls, and equine engagement is proven to help PTSD and trauma. We saw how to help and we are here to serve this specific population in Southwestern Ontario.
A predisposition to being targeted, recruited, confined and finally trafficked starts in the mind and body of a young girl – one that is either groomed or simply unable to develop things we can take for granted. For various reasons, girls can lack confidence, a voice, a support network, and secure attachments. Girls are dealing with issues of mental wellness, anxiety, self-harm, insecurities, poverty, attachment, dissociation, abuse and relationship strife that can make them more vulnerable to recruiting and boy-friending tactics of professionals in the sex trafficking industry. It just takes a cell phone.
It’s not the girls’ fault, but it is ours if we don’t work to help. With Farmtown Canada and her local community they can find safety and tools to use if they are ever inappropriately approached. Girls can leave and find safety at our farm and in our community network if they’re already being trafficked and need to get out of “the game.”
Farmtown needs your help and resources to continue to successfully work with girls and families who have disclosed they have been trafficked. They need specific, informed, care and therapy. We are focused, active, and need you to stay connected and informed with us and with girls needing care.
Please fill out the fields below and click the “Donate” button. You will be directed to PayPal’s secure online server.
Knowing that we can count on your donation from month to month allows us to plan ahead and respond efficiently to the needs of teen girls and young women in our community. Your contributions help make it possible for Farmtown Canada to impact their lives through animal programs, group activities and weekly equine activities.
Below is a recent interview with our founder Kelly Franklin on Western Radio. Listen to how we’re trying to make a difference, and how you can too!
If you have a farm-related piece of equipment or supplies you’d like to donate – simply call us at 519-773-2292 or fill out our contact form.
Some items are eligible for a tax receipt in return for your contribution!
We can always use help with the following items for our work at Farmtown:
• Stall bedding shavings
• Grooming equipment
• Manure forks
• Water buckets
• Fresh hay
• Veterinary care (direct pay to credit our account!)
• Help to pay for heat and hydro for our educational and care facility
Here’s a list of some current needs at Farmtown. If you’re able to donate, please designate your cheque for the project specified. Thank you!
• Replacement water pump & pipe insulation ($1,200)
• Heater repairs ($2,800)
New walkway ($1,350) Donated by EBA Concrete. Thank you!
Program refrigerator ($1,100) Donated with thanks!
• Update phone system ($3,000)
• Safety equipment ($1,875)
• Multi-passenger vehicle ($15,000)
• Arena ($250,000)
• Transportation to alternate school and appointments ($5,000)
• Driver and program staff salaries (up to $35,000)
We gratefully accept payment and gift cards for girls supplies. This includes department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas cards (girls have lots of appointments!), food and personal hygiene cards, makeup/care cards, and clothing cards (ie. Sirens, Old Navy, Maurice’s etc).
Payment on our behalf to utilities (hydro, heat, phone) and insurance help make sure the bills to care for these girls are covered!
Farmtown is passionate about seeing people of all ages and abilities reach their potential through connecting with horses. From its inception in 2006 to the present, Farmtown has been offering valuable equine therapy that has enhanced the quality of life and health for ALL participates and special needs individuals by improving physical, emotional, cognitive and social development.
For several years now we’ve had to negotiate our sessions outdoors only through the mud, sleet and snow to ‘get the job done’. This has been hard on our kids, horses and volunteers. An addition of an arena will “put a roof over our heads” and allow us to provide quality training in year-round weather. A new arena would also broaden the events that we can hold on the Farmtown property and provide a much safer environment for all participants and visitors.
You can help us build our new arena by making a donation in honor of a loved one. For more information, please contact us!