The Red Thread Promise
249 N Belfield Ave
Kathy Korge Albergate
Kathy Korge Albergate, Sonya Yencer
Casey Fos, Kathy Korge Albergate, Doug Yencer, Glenna Fisher, Sonya Yencer, Jennifer Avegno
The Red Thread Promise is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to bringing hope and healing to needy and orphaned children.
The Red Thread Promise provides medical care for special-needs orphans living in foster homes primarily in the Henan Province of China. The specialists at these homes care for the most vulnerable orphans, those who are critically ill or have severe special needs.
TRTP has cared for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit and given specialized formula, provided surgery for children with acute heart problems and, most recently, funded critical surgical intervention for babies born with spina bifida. Spina bifida is a severe condition where a portion of the spinal cord grows outside the body.
In all cases, we provided care for children that would not otherwise have received treatment. Most of these children have grown and thrived, many of them being adopted due to an increased state of health.
The Red Thread has been active in Haiti since 2009. Our work has taken us to diverse areas of the country including the capital city, Port-au-Prince, suburban towns and remote villages that are only accessible on foot.
St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children
St. Vincent's school, home and medical facility is located in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Blind, deaf, mute and physically challenged children, teens and adults look to St. Vincent's to provide for their very existence. In post-earthquake conditions and with minimal infrastructure remaining, the children of St. Vincent's struggle with the most basic human needs: clean water, food, education, and medical care.
The Red Thread delivers critical supplies for St. Vincent's students including: food, clean water, medical supplies for the clinic, school materials for the blind, wheelchairs and pharmaceuticals. Teams have traveled to Haiti to work in the clinic, conducting well-child care checkups for all students, faculty and their families.
All Terrain Wheelchairs (ATW)
We have delivered 100+ All Terrain Wheelchairs to recipients in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. These specially designed chairs are built to traverse the rugged terrain in Haiti and other developing countries. With an ATW, children and adults are able to better care for themselves and their families through their improved mobility and gain more independence. Disabled children are able to attend classes, no longer relying on an adult to carry them to school.
The Red Thread is working to set up a centrally-located maintenance center in Haiti to provide routine maintenance for the wheelchairs. The center will train and employ Haitians to provide these services for their fellow countrymen.
Camp Jake Richard is a summer camp created by TRTP for the year-round students at St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au- Prince, Haiti. Campers enjoy respite from the intense Haitian heat as they experience a fun-filled learning experience in a coastal area.
Camp Jake is designed to remove physical and emotional barriers, giving the children an opportunity to engage in:
Creative arts-sculpting, painting, music, sewing, jewelry making, photography and other artistic outlets-that are both fun and therapeutic
Physical outlets-such as soccer, frisbee, beach ball, basketball, aquatics (both in the pool and the beautiful Caribbean waters), and dancing-activities that cultivate a healthier, more active lifestyle
Social activities-including game-and card-playing, storytelling and cultural exchanges-activities that promote personal growth and inclusiveness
Educational opportunities-such as lessons in personal hygiene and physical therapy-that will enhance campers' lives far beyond Camp Jake.
Jacob's Fund provides scholarships for hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to disabled children in northwest Georgia. These micro-grants are awarded to economically disadvantaged families so that their child can receive consistent treatment.
Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. Hippotherapy literally means "treatment with the help of the horse" from the Greek word, "hippos" meaning horse. In hippotherapy, the horse influences the child rather than the child controlling the horse. The child is positioned on the horse and actively responds to the horse's movement. Specially trained physical and occupational therapists direct the movement of the horse, analyze the child's responses and adjusts the treatment accordingly. (Source: American Hippotherapy Association).
Therapeutic riding is often the next step when patients "graduate" from hippotherapy. It is a more independent style of riding that includes various therapeutic exercises and activities, allowing the rider more advanced physical, psychological and social development.
Therapeutic riding teaches riding skills to people with disabilities. Riders must learn to balance in the saddle, equally distribute their weight in each stirrup in order to sit properly during the horses' different gaits, and to use rein and leg aids correctly to communicate with the horse. Strength and endurance is gained by increasing the length of riding time and through the effective use of aides, i.e. hands, voice, legs and seat.
A steady regimen of horse therapy is critical to give the patient the full benefit of the treatment. Jacob's Fund provides financial support for families who could not otherwise continue treatment for their child.