Life in Diepsloot involves using words and phrases such as “bullying”, “addiction prevention” and “anti-social behaviour”.
You get the picture. It’s not an easy place to grow up by a long shot.
Diepsloot is what’s known as an “impoverished township” in Johannesburg, South Africa and is home to more than almost 140,000 people - many of them classed as “youth-at-risk”
Since 1990, the wonderfully named Shumbashaba Community Trust programme has been carrying out some amazing work in one of the most difficult parts of the world.
Their “Horses Helping People” initiative - partially funded by the FEI's Solidarity Program - is striving to improve the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of the young people who live there, by introducing them to horses and bringing some equestrian love into their lives.
As with many at-risk young people, sometimes the lack of a focal point can do nothing to improve their situation, and many fall into a life of crime and addiction.
This has the effect of reducing their life expectancy somewhat as gangs and violence are often a result of this route through life.