For many children with disabilities, riding high on a horse offers a rare feeling of power and control, as well as helping to strengthen core muscles. Equine therapy, which is becoming a common treatment option in the U.S., is an unheard of luxury for most disabled children in Nicaragua. That’s why La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco-Hotel, in La Concepción, Nicaragua, created a program to rescue neglected horses and provide this powerful therapy for local children with Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
La Mariposa, which supports a number of social welfare projects, receives the horses as bedraggled rescue animals and nurses them back to health. Students and visitors at La Mariposa have the chance to volunteer at the project, helping the children ride the rehabilitated horses.
* Get involved: The equine therapy project operates on a small budget and is in need of safety equipment, especially riding helmets. If you have used riding, or bicycle helmets, in child or adult sizes, please contact us. PeaceWorks hopes to include helmets and other therapeutic supplies in our October shipment to Nicaragua. See the full list of items requested by La Mariposa for their therapy and educational projects below. Contact us if you have donations, or bring them along to our shipment packing day on October 10th.
Physical therapy equipment
Equino-therapy equipment: children’s horseback-riding helmets and saddles
Plastic thermal cold and warm water packs
Physical therapy resistance chair
Physical therapy glass-free mirror
Child and adult sized wheel chairs
Physical therapy or stationary bicycles
TENS Unit Muscle Stimulator with associated sticky pads
Stationary hand and foot pedaling equipment
Blood pressure cuff and gauge
Physical therapy roll pillows
Tactile crafts: finger paint, building blocks, etc
Glue sticks for glue gun
Clothes for ages 12mo-18yrs
Elementary school supplies
Uniforms: white blouses and navy blue pleated skirts
School shoes: ages 5yr-14yr
Tables and chairs for 5yr-14yr
Craft supplies: markers, colored pencils, paper, glue, stickers, etc.
School supplies: book bags, notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers