US$142.00raised of $33,000.00 goal
For the past 10 years, Irena, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, has been committed to helping children and people with special needs. Through the method of horse-assisted therapy, with the help of the horse Arnie and the dog Leda, riding in nature, children participate in various activities in the form of games that help them to cope with and overcome their physical, behavioral, sensory, psycho-emotional and social challenges. Using the horse's movements and the full resources of the surrounding nature, the focus is on effective therapy for the specific child and his specific need, and not on the ride itself.
In 2020 Irena started working with her sister Petya, who is a child and adolescent psychologist and homeopath. The two became an exceptional team and in order to further improve the process of working with children, they began their training in Occupational Therapy and ABA (behavioral analysis) for occupational therapists and anthroposophical special pedagogy and social therapy.
Currently Irena and Petya work with over 70 children with various special needs. These include children with autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Rett syndrome, scoliosis, hyperactivity, sensory-integrative dysfunctions, behavioral problems, post-stroke conditions and enuresis.
In 2021 Irena and Petya received inspiration to expand their activities by founding an association “ZaEdno Mozhem”(“Together we can") for the benefit of society. They also rented and moved into a new place - a house in Varna with a yard and rooms, which are being transformed into a combined salt / sensory room and an occupational therapy room. The yard is being converted into a new home for the two little horses Otto and Lily, who will help with the therapy, and whom the children just adore.
So far, Irena and Petya have invested a total of USD 2900 for major repairs of the premises and USD 1200 to buy the two small therapeutic horses Otto and Lily. The amounts needed for the complete equipment of the two rooms however are beyond the reach of their savings and budget.
In the Occupational Therapy Room we plan to have a riding simulator, flooring of safety mattresses, specialized swings, soft modules of stairs and slope, climbing wall, roller slide, balancing path, board and more. A special children's kitchen will be equipped, where children will learn to cope with various household activities. All the mentioned equipment is suitable for interactive rehabilitation and with its aid - through the games and play children will develop skills and competencies to cope in various activities of everyday, social and school life.
For the equipment of the second room, which will be a combined Salt and Sensory room,we plan to acquire a halogen generator, medical salt and various devices for stimulation and relaxation of the senses (like a projector, fiber optic rain, water tower etc.). The activities in the Sensory Room help children to cope with the wide range of sensory difficulties that most children experience. In combination with the so-called halotherapy, also known as salt therapy, children naturally support the healing powers of the body and strengthen their immunity. Often, behavioral and learning problems are due to an inability to process and integrate sensory information properly.
The two small healing horses Otto and Lily will live in a special space in the yard. Since ancient times, man has known the healing power of animals. Communicating with animals that support the therapy or so-called animal-assisted therapy helps with a number of conditions and provides effective psychotherapeutic help. Our experience over the years has shown that animals can have a strong positive impact and be an important part of the overall therapy or complementary treatment for children with special needs.
All this can become a reality with your help!
The amount we raise will be used for the overall equipment of the two rooms and the administrative costs of the association for a period of 1 year and amounts to about BGN 35 thousand. The individual amounts are as follows:
- Equipment of Occupational Therapy Room - USD 7.5k.
- Equipment of a combined Salt and Sensory room - USD 7k
- Refurbishing, rental and maintenance of the premises, costs for the care of Otto and Lily, etc. for a period of 1 year - USD 6k.
How can you help?
- Make a direct donation to the campaign page in gogetfunding!
- Share about the campaign with friends and acquaintances via social media through personal recommendation.
- Share the campaign with companies and organizations that can offer financial assistance and reach
- Follow the progress of the campaign by joining the Telegram channel of the International Supporters of the association “Zaedno Mozhem”("Together we can")
We hope that with your help, we will be able to raise these funds and all together help children to be healthier, communicative and socially integrated.
You can also visit our website zaedno.earth
You can find more info about Irena’s work in bulgarian in the interview that bulgarian national television did with her
- Irena Metodieva
- Campaign Owner
- Apostol Apostolov
- Project Coordinator
Update Feb 22'Update posted by Apostol Apostolov at 10:17 am
We were able to gather around $19,300 thus far through our campaign in Bulgarian language that we were running since Nov 21'. We are very grateful to all the 40+ people and 6 companies who contributed in order to make this happen!However, we stumbled upon unexpected challenges in the renovation. . . . .
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