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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

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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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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Priscilla Lightsey
AUSTIN, TX United States
$9,182 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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