"Hope" Foundation for Disabled Children was established in 1992 by generous-hearted people, who cared a lot for disabled children. Slupsk Regional Hospital was facing serious economic problems which lead to a near liquidation of The Center of Hippotherapy, which was hopefully taken over by "Hope" Foundation.
Statutory activity of the Foundation focuses mainly on helping the rehabilitation of disabled and crippled children, especially those suffering from cerebral palsy or road accidents, when they have difficult family or life situation.
Thanks to funds received in 1998 from Kinderpostzegels, a Dutch foundation, The Center of Hippotherapy has begun its expansion to create a base serving both therapeutic and accommodation function. And thanks to funds received from Foundation of Polish-German Cooperation one of the base’s wings was opened in 2002.
In 2003 the EU funds made it possible to equip a physiotherapy room with specialist appliances. Financial support of Marshal’s Office of Pomorskie Voivodship in 2004 enabled the completion of the Center’s right wing with two fully-furnished double rooms with en suite bathrooms. In 2005 funds were raised for “Experience the World” Room, where children have their disturbed senses stimulated. The first stationary holiday took place in March 2006 with 7 participants from different parts of Poland. Every year the foundation expands their services by introducing additional methods of working with disabled children. In 2006 the center’s offer was extended by Educational Kinesiology, created by Paul Dennison PhD, as well as therapy classes. Parents and children can also make use of psychologist’s services, who can assist and advise them.
The Foundation is also preoccupied with organizing integration events for both disabled children and their healthy peers. These parties aim at integration and overcoming barriers. 1,500 healthy and disabled children take part in "Santa with Hope" annually.
The great demand for the aid of disabled children makes the Foundation determined to reach as many needful children as possible. Throughout the last 15 years the Foundation managed to help over 1,000 children. It was the will of the founders not to leave a single child or their parents unassisted.