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Horse-based therapy for disabled children in China

by HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment)
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
All done! Last day of camp group photo.
All done! Last day of camp group photo.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

-Pablo Picasso

This summer, between the participants, volunteers, parents and visitors, we were reminded every single day of the unique opportunity we had to share our gifts with those around us and to receive others’ gifts in return.

We served 23 participants in 4 weeks of summer camp. We were humbled and thankful to have a total of 48 volunteers from China as well the United States. We met new volunteers and campers as well as welcomed back those returning for their 2nd or 3rd year - and one who has been with HOPE since the beginning, 10 years ago!

Some of the miracles we encountered:

One child progressed from not wanting to wear a helmet on day one (because of a sensory disorder) to riding and signaling to his horse to “walk on” by day four!

We saw two participants form a connection of understanding and assistance when playing games and working on activities. They each provided something the other needed to succeed and worked together to achieve goals. 

Another time, we saw a rider, striving for independence, learn how to propel a new wheelchair! He succeeded with the guidance of his instructor (and therapist), HOPE founder Dr. Priscilla Lightsey.

We had many wonderful experiences this summer! We are grateful to the volunteers who showed up every day (in over 90 degree weather), giving their time and energy to make this a summer to remember for our participants and staff!

The HOPE team sincerely appreciates the donations we have received from our Global Giving supporters. With your help, we are enriching the lives of children with special needs.

Thank you for sharing in our journey,

Amy Tripson and the HOPE team

Learning how to tack up our horses!
Learning how to tack up our horses!
Sometimes a smile is all we need.
Sometimes a smile is all we need.

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Safety first...preparing to ride
Safety first...preparing to ride

As we prepare for summer, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the many changes that have positively impacted HOPE as we look forward to the coming events. We had a wonderful and exciting spring!

To say that May was a busy month is an understatement! In addition to welcoming Amy Tripson, our new Therapeutic Horsemanship and Equine Director who holds an Advanced Certification from PATH Intl., the HOPE team assessed new riders for summer camp, welcomed a new orphanage for the day (who brought five children) and provided 62 lessons to weekly riders. Once registration opened, our Summer Camps filled within one day! We have both new and returning riders, ready for four weeks of a camp that provides opportunities for an interactive, supportive and safe experience while making new friends and having fun!

HOPE is hosting an Introduction to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) course for professionals who have expressed interest in providing such a program at their facilities in China and South Asia. The course covers participants, benefits, volunteers, safety, horse welfare, and more. The class will be a comprehensive introduction for serving individuals with disabilities in partnership with the horse.

We are grateful to you, our donors! Your financial assistance is helping us fulfill our mission to be a service provider, educator, and leader of EAAT. We sincerely appreciate the support of volunteers and donors from around the world. Thank you!

A rider greeting his horse
A rider greeting his horse
The bond between horse and rider
The bond between horse and rider

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HOPE (Horses Offering People Enrichment)

Location: Austin, TX - USA
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Project Leader:
Priscilla Lightsey
AUSTIN, TX United States
$6,825 raised of $10,000 goal
 
70 donations
$3,175 to go
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