HOPE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) founded in 2009 by Dr. Priscilla Lightsey, PT, DPT, MA, HPCS. Our EAAT sessions involve a partnership between the horse and a human. Participants may learn to groom, lead, ride, and care for a horse. These activities may facilitate growth in a variety of areas - often much faster than in a clinical or academic setting. Many skills can be enhanced by EAAT: gross and fine motor skills, listening, following directions, communication, and patience.
HOPE operates two semester sessions and summer camps throughout the month of July.
Semesters: March - June | September - December | July*
Hours: Monday—Friday 9:30am—5:00pm
*Our summer camp accepts six students per session.
To arrange a visit to our site in Beijing, please contact
Lucia Zhou: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile/WeChat : 18513161878
For other inquiries visit our contact us page.
Who We Serve
People and Communities Served:
Bethel Foster Home - an orphanage for blind & visually impaired children
Shepherd's Field Children’s Village- an orphanage for children with special needs
Migrant Children’s Foundation - an organization for disadvantaged children
Angel Home Orphanage – offering medical assistance for the abandoned orphans
Agape Orphanage – serving orphans with Spina Bifida, CP
Local Chinese Community
Child from Xi’An who traveled to Beijing to participate in HOPE Summer Camp
Individuals from the expatriate community
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Blind & Visually Impaired
Global Developmental Delay
Low Muscle Tone
Lissencephaly (Neuronal Migration Disorder)
How You Can Get Involved
Fundraise with HOPE:
The majority of the HOPE annual budget relies heavily on donations. Our community partners pay no fees, but we charge for services on a sliding scale for other participants. Our annual budget is devoted to horse care, riding equipment, transportation and lunches for children from orphanages and our volunteers, and salary and training for staff members.
Volunteer with HOPE:
Reach out if you are interested in supporting HOPE in any of the following capacities:
Horse Handler in Beijing (HOPE training required)
Experience with horses preferred; half-day weekly or bi-weekly commitment
Side Walker in Beijing (HOPE training required)
16 years or older; half-day weekly or bi-weekly commitment; no horse experience required
Translator (English-Chinese bilingual)
Website Manager/Designer in US
Assistance in fundraising