No child should have to live with pain. This project will ensure that Ukrainian children who are living with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, can receive essential treatments, including hippotherapy, massage and movement therapy. The 10-day treatment course is based on equine-assisted therapy, which is clinically proven to improve gross motor skills in children with cerebral palsy. The project includes operational costs of up to 20% which allows us to offer this essential service.
Ukraine lacks adequate government support for its most vulnerable people. Children with disabilities require regular treatments to reduce their pain, increase their mobility, and assist them in living a healthier life. The average family cannot afford costly rehabilitation courses, with the need for such treatments recurring several times a year. Many families are single mothers raising their child with a small monthly pension for a child with a disability which can be as little as US$120.
Our grassroots charity will ensure that Ukrainian children with disabilities have access to therapy at a specialised hippotherapy centre. The 10-day treatment course helps to reduce pain and aims to improve neurological and sensory functions in therapy participants. Depending on the ability of the child, it is expected that there will be significant favourable improvements in gross motor functions, and balance coordination, as well as the learning of new vocalisations and movements.
This project has a secondary function; the realisation of fundamental human rights. Ukraine's Soviet past and the current ongoing conflict in Donbas mask Ukraine's political awakening. In the absence of proper government support for Ukraine's most vulnerable people, charities, NGOs and activists have had to step in and contribute to the realization of human rights, the basis of a democratic society. We want change, and social activists and grassroots charities are making those changes happen.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).