Repha'im Valley

About the project

Grandpa Jack “Shvil” is an association established to help children, youth and adults with physical, emotional and behavioral special needs to cope with their disabilities and to acquire basic life skills. Shvil’s innovative, holistic approach includes family, art, horticultural and animal-assisted therapies. The Shvil Horse Riding Therapy Center was created to provide a home for Shvil’s horseback riding program at the Ein Ya’el Living Museum (the program was previously located on a kibbutz outside Jerusalem.) At the center, children with cerebral palsy, sight impairment and other disabilities improve their flexibility, balance, muscle strength and control and develop confidence, patience and self-esteem by riding and interacting with horses. The facility includes stables, a paddock and treatment rooms.

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