Provide HorseTHERAPY to 50 Nicaraguan Children

by Special Families Saint Julie Billiart (Familias Especiales Santa Julia Billiart) Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


50 poor Nicaraguan children w/ disABILITIES can develop physically and emotionally by receiving HorseTHERAPY a scientific method where the muscle movements of the horse correspond with the movement of the muscles of the human body. Children are motivated by the relationship with the horse to control their bodies and emotions. We have the only Nicaraguan Certified HorseTherapist plus 2 full time horses dedicated to children w/ disABILITES who have few alternatives for rehabilitation.

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Children with disABILITY in Matagalpa Nicaragua have little alternatives for therapy. There are few trained physical therapists in this rural area. The Regional hospital has 8 physical therapists, none specializing in children. The families have few resources most headed by single mothers living below the poverty level, without employment or education. They are isolated and need to understand their children's disABILITY so they can get basic health services and advocate with confidence.


HorseTHERAPY is a more effective type of therapy treating a wide variety of disABILITIES and is more motivational because of the relationship with the horse. The project offers HorseTHERAPY free to the children who are evaluated, and includes transportation, plus nutrition for malnourished children. While their children receive therapy the mothers attend classes to help them improve their livelihood and involvement with their child's rehabilitation, creating confidence, community and support

Long-Term Impact

50 children will be able to receive the type of therapy they need. HorseTHERAPY helps with physical motor problems, certain types of paralysis as well as Autism and even speech and hearing. The children will be more independent with more stable health. Their mothers will be informed and able to participate in society with an improved livelihood. Families that have children with disABILITIES will build community and find ways to support each other in working for the needs of their children.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader:
Rebecca Trujillo
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
$14,047 raised of $20,000 goal
162 donations
$5,953 to go
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