Project #9009

Confident Step: help orphans with Cerebral Palsy

by Petersburg Parents

Dear supporters,

We would like to thank you for your help!

Thanks to the complex rehabilitation program implemented in several orphanages, indices of both physical and mental health in the children have considerably risen. Several children have been fostered. The project triggered further implementation of rehab activities by the personnel of the orphanages.


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Lena Lashkova

Hello everyone!

Here is project news I received from Project Coordinator Nadejda Smirnova about on of our pupils:

In frame of the project we have developed a rehabilitation program for one of our pupils - Vanya. He is just after an operation and he needs phisical exarcise to prevent possible relaples.

A doctor studies Vanya's case and made a program. It consists of medical gymnastics and course of massage which will help Vanya.

During Summer 2012 with help of independent donors we bought and delivered to Turner Medical Institute 2 sets of exercise equipment needed for rehabilitation of children after surgeries. Many children from city orphanages have their rehabilitation courses in Turnera Medical Institute.

Among the equipment we delivered: baggies for tossing, exercise balls, plastic sculpture mass, finger exserciser, carpal expander, rotating exserciser, etc.


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There are lots of theoretic matters and researches about the Hippotherapy. But better to see it in real -- seeing is believing. That's why I decided to visit the Hippotherapy lesson for orphans, the weekly lesson in the network of our movement.  

It was the 22 of April that I've met children from the orphanage #31. As it appeared, children are not frightful -- they are cheery and amusing. Wonderful little creatures with its own traits.

There were 2 boys (Ura and Liosha) and 2 girls (Ylona and Ania) on that lesson, and they were riding in pairs. Ura and Ylona took the first course, then Liosha and Ania did. Children are different -- both by their age and by their temper. All they have own sad story behind, and seeing their smiles really warms a heart.

Going on lesson I thought up some subjects about Hippotherapy that I'd like to talk about. But after the first hello to children I couldn't leave them. I felt a stabbing tenderness inside and a desire to hug each child, talk to them and play, hold a hand, respond to their inquiring and grateful look. However despite this storm of feelings that surged me up, I anyway appreciated the professionalism, attentiveness and goodwill of hippo-therapist. They use the personal approach to every child and tried not to scare it.

At first children are getting to know a horse -- caress it, feed it, give a carrot by hand, and then, when the contact is finally established, a child can straddle a horse and make some exercises with a help of trainer. Together with hippo-therapist there are two assistants who walk side by side with a horse, ensuring a child. I had conversation with Ekaterina (a teacher of this ophranage) and with Maria Antsupova (a supervisor of the "Hippotherapy and healing riding") and they said that the previous rides gave really good results. For instance, Ylona. She has a CSIP (cerebral spastic infantile paralysis) and before her 2-years age she had troubles with standing and walking. But after a half-year of studies she began to walk much better and her speech has improved as well. And so every child shows a rapid progress in its development. Someone moves better, someone becomes more sociable. And everyone is longing for the next lesson.

It's amazing that children have a chance to leave the orphanage, to meet new people and a world around. It substantially raises their social adaptation, independence, a self-reliance and an interest to the outer life. And what a pleasure to take a ride! And how much attention from people -- three adults are helping me, talking to me, proud of me! This attention is more valuable than any toy.

As for volunteers -- the rosy faces, happy eyes and rippling laughter of the children is the best reward. One visit of Hippotherapy lesson has dispelled all my doubts about its efficiency. If a child becomes happy, it means the result already. And it costs a lot.

I'd notice that equestrian centers are hard-to-reach for the handicapped children who haven't an available transportation.

Special thanks to volunteers helping with transporting the children to the lessons. After meeting the children and spending a very short hour with them I finally understood the "Petersburg Parents" principle -- there aren't somebody else's children. No matter what, any child is ours. And when we're moving towards to them, participating in their development, helping them become healthy and full-fledged people -- it means we are on the right way. Any moment with these children and for these children has been spent not in vain. Recognition of your own necessity and non-randomness gives you an inner harmony. The wonder is near; just make a step in the right direction. So let's make a step towards our children together!

translated by Erica Borodina

Hippo therapy is an extremely effective remedy to heal serious health troubles, particularly  CSIP and other support-motor system diseases.

In frame of project "Confident Step" we are organizing weekly classes for the children with these disorders.

Thanks to horse riding all the muscles are working, also the diseased ones. As a result muscles get the load and then become stronger; the muscles atrophy goes down.

A horse gives to a child its good vibration and also massages it. And since the horse temperature is a little bit higher than a human’s one, a child receives some “healing heating”.

According the researches, the horse riding activates lungs which enriches  blood, muscles and brain by oxygen.

 Thanks to horse riding non-moving children might walk. Regular classes helps strengthen the muscles, but also it forms a walking pattern in its consciousness.   Children start to keep balance sitting on a horse and it helps them feel steady on the decks well.

A child riding a horse is starting to walk and speak much better; He or she becomes more strong, agile and robust. And the main point is that a child enlarges its world confines, acquires new social experience and gets a huge positive charge. It makes its life full, bright and eventually happy. In both meanings a child is getting under its troubles, under its yesterday. A horse is a real source of vital force for a child, it awakes a desire to live, to define the goals and achieve it. 


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Petersburg Parents

Location: Saint Petersburg - Russia
Website: http:/​/​
Petersburg Parents
Project Leader:
Elena Lashkova
Saint Petersburg, Russia

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