Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China

by HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment)
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Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China
Lucia teaching a lesson
Lucia teaching a lesson

Dear HOPE Family,

Over the last couple months the team has been busy fundraising, running program, and working on professional development. We seem to have created a rhythm that appears to be working for everyone and while the future holds some degree of uncertainty, we are happy to report that things are going well!

Tencent 99, a huge online fundraising event, was a great success for HOPE this year! Luna and Lucia worked extremely hard to develop and implement a plan to expand HOPE's outreach and recognition in China. They recruited over 150 equestrians throughout China to create a fundraiser for HOPE for the event. They also connected with actors and producers, who developed a promotional video to recruit new donors for HOPE during the event (link can be found below). 

One of the most remarkable achievements was organizing and conducting a live video event in which the HOPE Tencent Ambassador and one of our HOPE participants each had a mini lesson. HOPE Board Member JoJo Wong hosted the event and provided a wonderful commentary, while Lucia taught the lessons and Luna orchestrated behind the scenes. Overall, it was a truly remarkable achievement and was done flawlessly! 

Now that program is back in full swing, the HOPE Team in China is busy as ever. Lucia, with the help of Xiao Zhao and Mr. Wang, average 10 lessons a week and are starting to combine private lessons into semiprivate groups of two riders. This will allow the program to gradually add more participants in the coming months.

With this growth we need to consider our instructor, horse, and volunteer resources to ensure that all lessons remain safe and effective. Lucia has really excelled at matching riders into appropriate groups that work well together, where riders find more joy and satisfaction when working together. 

We have had many changes to our lesson calendar this year, yet we are hopeful that the consistency we have seen over the last few months will remain through the fall. As you can see, everyone has been busy, and things are moving forward. We are so thankful for your continued support and dedication to HOPE, our participants, horses, and staff.

Thank you,

The HOPE Team

Volunteer Training at HOPE
Volunteer Training at HOPE
Everyone's excited to be riding!
Everyone's excited to be riding!

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Greetings,

Hooray! This project has been fully funded! Thank you to our generous donors who made it possible to now deactivate this project. The HOPE team remains busy as we strive to become the first PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Center in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This project helped us a LOT! We bought much needed equipment (saddle, helmets, etc.) and nutrition – for both our two legged friends and four legged friends! As we serve folks with special needs, including orphans and migrant children, our visibility within the PRC, southeast Asia, and even in the U.S., is expanding. Because equine-assisted services have been proven to improve functional skills in many domains, we remain strong advocates of partnering with the horse to heal, grow, and offer hope to our participants, volunteers, supporters, and donors.

We are also passionate about raising awareness of the abilities and talents of individuals with special needs. All people deserve respect. Period. We have seen that when folks who have little to no contact with a person with a disability come visit our program, see a HOPE picture, talk to volunteers or family members/caregiver of a participant, good things often happen….. perspectives can be positively influenced. So, despite many challenges we remain committed to “enriching the lives of children with special needs”.

Again, thank you to our donors and supporters! Please stay connected with us through GlobalGiving, Facebook, WeChat, or http://hopebeijing.org/

Kind regards,

Priscilla and the HOPE team

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Instructor Lucia with Participant
Instructor Lucia with Participant

Welcome to Spring! We hope that you are safe and healthy! While we recognize that many of the plans we have made in the past will have to be put off for a bit longer, we are excited to introduce some wonderful new projects to help HOPE serve children and adults with disabilities.

First, since we are unable to resume regular sessions, we have been engaging our participants and volunteers remotely through videos and posts to our WeChat blog, Facebook Page (HOPE Beijing) and newly developed Instagram account (hopebeijing). HOPE Instructor, Lucia has been working hard to develop these videos, and we’ve got to say, she is doing a great job! In the past few weeks, we have increased our Facebook page by 42 likes with 5,475 interactions and have 51 follows on Instagram.

Second, we have been sharing our experiences in China with those in the global Equine Assisted Services (EAS) and nonprofit community. HOPE has a strong foundation through the guidance of our Founder, Dr. Priscilla Lightsey, PT, and the support of the HOPE team. We are thankful to be able to share our experience with others who may benefit from it during this challenging time. Learn more about the “HOPE Bejing - Response to COVID-19” by clicking on the link at the end of the email. 

Finally, HOPE is actively pursuing new financial avenues and grants to help us in these challenging times so that we may resume program in the near future. We recently received a microgrant from GlobalGiving as well as raised funds during their matching campaign. We are thankful to our donors and GlobalGiving!

While 2020 didn’t start out as anticipated, HOPE is committed to moving forward and becoming stronger in the process. We thank you for your continued support and dedication to HOPE.

Thank you,

Amy Tripson
Program Director

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Happy Lunar New Year (LNY)! As we reflect upon the last year, we are amazed and humbled at how HOPE has grown and our potential for the new decade. During the LNY holiday, the HOPE team is busy planning and preparing for the coming year.

During the break, we work with our horses, making sure that they are fit and healthy. We also continue to work on desensitization, which is very important. New objects are introduced, enabling the horses to be comfortable around a variety of toys, sounds and circumstances.

We are developing our spring schedule to accommodate as many riders as possible. We look at our “herd” to match riders with horses, and of course, volunteer availability. Together, these pieces enable us to provide effective and safe sessions.

This coming year we are pursuing PATH Int’l (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) center accreditation and instructor certification for one of the HOPE staff – both of which are a first for Mainland China!

We are thankful for your continued support as we share our passion for serving individuals with special needs in partnership with the horse.

Cheers to a wonderful 2020!

Thank you,

Amy 

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Dear HOPE supporter,

As we commemorate HOPE’s 10 Year Anniversary, we’re reflecting on how far HOPE has come since the beginning in 2009. We are grateful for all the people, organizations, and staff who have helped us to establish a solid foundation as we begin a new decade of service and education. We want to share some of the feedback we have received so you too can appreciate the impact of HOPE.

A few words from some of our parents:

• I would describe Tom in his lessons with two Chinese characters, ‘’(zizai), which means ‘at ease’. Thanks to HOPE’s belief in accepting and respecting children with special needs, the coaches and volunteers slow down their steps and allow the children to learn at their own pace. Tom gets great positive energy from his hippotherapy sessions, taking the initiative to talk with people, enjoying his time riding as well as taking care of the horses. He addresses Ergou (Omid, a coach at HOPE) as ‘’(ge,ge meaning older brother)’, taking him as family - Tom’s mom

• My son is now physically more flexible and he is more confident, better at communication, and has greater resilience. The best thing is, thanks to the honest and warm people who befriend him, he finds great role models and cherished memories. HOPE represents the true volunteer spirit, professionalism, devotion, respect and empathy. – Zhuo

Cherished memories from volunteers:

• A boy took my hand and asked me to stay with him on the way to the riding pen. This reminded me of the “bond” in Le Petit Prince – two strangers coming together and creating a connection. The feeling of being needed and being trusted is truly wonderful. – Dan Shu

• On the last day of the summer camp, a child took my hand and put a sticker on it. His big smile and wide eyes showed how much fun he was having. He stayed with me and put more stickers on my arm – these were his gift to me and he wanted me to keep them. I keep them on my refrigerator at home and they remind me of how much I look forward to seeing him next summer. – Wang Mingjia (Nichole)

Words of support from our donors:

• They are a group of ordinary people with big hearts, making great efforts to serve children with autism. They do not seek profit, and their love without strings attached, touches us deeply. They are true ambassadors of love. – Feng Baojing,Owner Oriental Equestrian Club, Beijing

• Anyone who wishes to help people with special needs should not expect immediate results. Long term efforts and persistent investment is the norm. HOPE’s founder Priscilla introduced hippotherapy to China under limited circumstances and has persisted over the past 10 years despite many difficulties, helping numerous kids with special needs. – Botong Investment Co.

We hope that you are able to appreciate through the words of others what an impact HOPE has had over the years - and continues to have - in China. Thank you for your continued support of all that we do.

Here’s to another 10 years!

Amy Tripson

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HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment)

Location: Austin, TX - USA
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Priscilla Lightsey
AUSTIN, TX United States

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