Rehabilitation Center "Predolenie L”, Moscow
Founded in 1992, the Rehabilitation Center “Preodolenie L” in Moscow provides training, education, and physical therapy for disabled children from orphanages and low income families. The goal of the Center is to prepare children to be fully active members of society. The center has been recognized by the Russian Government as one of the best facilities promoting social education and rehabilitation for children with special needs. The Center prides itself on its unique equine therapy program for children with disabilities. While riding horses, children feel a unique spirit of freedom and relaxation: no need to sit in a wheelchair, hold onto crutches or grasp someone’s hand.
In 2015, RCWS granted the Center $14,942 to help launch “Upwards to Health,” a new equine-assisted therapy program. The program benefitted 26 handicapped children and young adults between the ages of 3 and 25. Each child received 20 free lessons over the course of 8 months. 20 of the children partook in the hippotherapy courses, six children received therapeutic horseback riding lessons under the para-equestrian guidelines of the Paralympics, all with specialized saddles designed to maximize therapeutic benefits. The program improved the children’s balance, toned their muscles, enhanced blood circulation, boosted their metabolism, and alleviated depression.
Rehabilitation Center “Nelishnie Deti”, Moscow
Rehabilitation Center "Nelishnie Deti” provides psychological assistance to families and children in crisis. Many of the children who frequent the Center come from broken families and have been through the adoption/foster process a number of times only to be returned to the custody of the government. The center’s mission is to educate parents on how to manage the care of their adopted/foster children while cultivating a supportive and nurturing environment. The Center also offers workshops, family trips and counseling by phone or email.
Rehabilitaiton Center “Inspiration”
In 2015, the RCWS gave a $15,000 grant to the Rehabilitation Center “Inspiration” in Moscow, enough to cover food and heat for 40 children for 7 months. The Center was founded in 1999 and provides services to children with disabilities who are between the ages of 6 months and 18 years of age. Hundreds of children benefit from participating in activities offered at the center and 40 children reside on the grounds.