Dear HOPE Family,
What an incredible start to summer it has been! The HOPE Team continues to work hard to serve individual with disabilities in China despite the summer heat. Our Program Manager, Lucia changed the summer schedule due to impacts from COVID closures earlier this year. She and the HOPE Team extended our regular program schedule which pushed summer camp back a couple weeks. To minimize time in the heat, HOPE will have two weeks of summer camp now, take a short break, and finish up the last two weeks of camp late August. Seventeen participants have registered for summer camps this year and we are excited to once again offer this fun and educational experience.
Over the spring session, HOPE served 29 participants over 390 service hours. This number includes weekly therapeutic riding lessons as well as a continuation of the HOPE Prevocational Program that was introduced a couple years ago. The Prevocational Program has been a great addition to HOPE program by providing an opportunity for young adults to practice work and life skills in a structured environment. Since its inception, we have seen great growth and independence in these participants and look forward to what the future brings.
This spring we brought in a new instructor, Marco, to help teach lessons. He came to HOPE after working at another center that, unfortunately, shut down. As Marco acclimates into the HOPE program, we hope to provide additional lessons throughout the year. Shuanghong will also return to us after taking a brief sabbatical to travel with her children this spring. Both Marco and Shuanghong will bring a depth to our teaching staff that we have not previously had, and under the supervision (and skilled eye) of Lucia, the HOPE program continues to grow.
Luna, the Administrative Director, Zhao Xiao, the Equine Manager, and our fabulous equines also play key roles in HOPE’s continued development. Together the HOPE team offers safe and effective services, due in large part to your continued support of HOPE – thank you! We cannot wait to update you in the fall.
With gratitude and appreciation,
The HOPE Beijing Team
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