Zootherapy is an effective therapeutic method for reducing anxiety in people with disabilities. This therapy uses various farm animals: rodents, birds, fish, horses, donkeys and goats. Studies have shown that having contact with animals, caring for them and doing activities with them, helps to improve the physical and mental state of people with disabilities.
The Ferme Thérapeutique pour Handicapés, located in Sidi Thabet, near Tunis, has been providing this therapy since 2008, and now helps 90 young people with disabilities from modest backgrounds. This institution provides these young people with an environment that is conducive to getting beyond their disabilities.
The residents are also offered other activities such as an introduction to respect for biodiversity, livestock production, and farming. The association thereby contributes to their social reinsertion thanks to four vocational courses in farming professions.
This full programme, which is tailored for people with disabilities, helps young people to learn new manual skills and allows them to become more independent
The Air Liquide Foundation already supported the Ferme Thérapeutique pour Handicapés in 2010, in particular for the creation of areas dedicated to zootherapy.
The Foundation's renewed support will allow the association: