50 poor Nicaraguan children w/ disABILITIES can develop physically and emotionally by receiving HorseTHERAPY. This scientific method uses the horse's muscle movements which correspond with the movements of the human body. Therefore, it is an essential physical and emotional therapy offered by the only Certified Nicaraguan Horse- Therapist. In addition, the children are super motivated by their relationship with the 2 full-time Spanish-breed horses dedicated to their healing.
Children with disABILITY in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, have few alternatives for therapy. There are few trained physical therapists in this rural area. The Regional Hospital does not specialize in children. The families have little 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 to get essential health services and advocate with confidence.
HorseTHERAPY effectively treats a wide variety of disABILITIES and is more motivational because of the relationship with the horse. The project offers HorseTHERAPY free to the evaluated children 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
50 children will 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 conditions. The children will be more independent with more stable health. Their mothers will be informed and participate more in society with an improved livelihood. Families with children with disABILITIES will build community, finding ways to support each other in meeting the variety of needs of their children.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).