“HI Partner” Program is a CEO Hong Kong program since 2018. “HI” stands for Human-animal Interaction/Intervention. The effectiveness of HI has been known in overseas for decades as a type of assistance/therapy/aid for children and adults with disability or emotional challenges, the elderly and prisoners.
In the past, CEO embraced the positive outcome of “HI” in helping disabled orphans and underprivileged children through “animal-assisted life education” in China. In light of this, CEO continues the promotion of “HI” in Hong Kong to serve the community in need. Beginning from mid-2018 we collaborate with Haven of Hope Sunnyside School and Zion Youth Social Services simultaneously to create an AAA/AAT platform that the socially-withdrawn youth who responded well to animal intervention can participate as dog care-taker or handler apprentices and help a group of children with severe mental disability.
Some students in the special education school participated in a weekly animal-assisted therapy class when CEO Social Work Canine (SWC) would be present. The result has been affirmative and encouraging.