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Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Kenya

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Kenya is a registered charity. We use therapeutic horse riding to provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities in Kenya.

RDA Kenya is reliant on charitable donations and fund raising activities, and is run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds generated by the sale of our crafts will go directly to helping us make a difference to the lives of some of Kenya’s most vulnerable people.

The groups meet in Langata, Nairobi on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1.00 and 3.00pm during school term time.

We also run an RDA training programme to train others to set up and run new groups in other parts of Kenya as well as neighbouring countries such as Tanzania.

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What is Riding for the Disabled?

Therapeutic horse riding is a form of therapy in which interaction with horses is used to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioural skills for people with disabilities. A horse's rhythmic, repetitive movements work to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and cognitive skills.

Our team of volunteers assist disabled children — many of whom have no access to any form of therapy — to ride and play games on horeseback in a safe and happy environment. In addition to the physical benefits, riders gain a great sense of achievement, boost to their self esteem, and, perhaps most importantly, a huge degree of personal happiness from this therapeutic programme.

Therapeutic riding results in physical improvements including better balance and coordination accompanied by greater muscular strength. Hand in hand with the physical improvements come a wide range of significant improvements in other areas, for example the ability to listen and follow instructions, to concentrate and communicate, and for some, even the ability to sleep at night.

The improvement in all these areas follows through into the activities of every day life. This can lead to a far greater degree of independence for the individual, but perhaps most important of all an ability to contribute to and therefore be accepted by the community in which they live.

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News from RDA Kenya

Mon, Jul 11, 2016

RDA were very thrilled to receive this lovely award from Fairmiles school at their last riding session this school year. Thank you Fairmiles!

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Mon, Mar 21, 2016

New Fairmiles session term dates for your diary
Term Starts Thursday Apr-28 2016
May-05
May-12
May-18
May-26
Jun-02 1/2 term
Jun-09
Jun-16
Jun-23
Jun-30
Jul-07 Term ends

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Mon, Mar 21, 2016

New Dagoretti session term dates for your diary

Term Starts Wednesday Apr-27 2016
May-04
May-11
May-18
May-25
Jun-01 1/2 term
Jun-08
Jun-15
Jun-22
Jun-29
Jul-06 Term Ends

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Sun, Mar 13, 2016

How a cat changed this autistic girl's life forever

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Thu, Mar 03, 2016

HELP NEEDED!! We will soon be back to a full compliment of horses, which is fantastic! However it does mean that we are running short of side-walkers and a scyce to walk with them. Does anyone have an employee (you do not even need to attend yourself!) who would be willing and available to come and help us out leading a horse or side-walking on a Wednesday or Thursday between 1-3pm? No experience is necessary as training will be given, the only requirement is a kind and patient nature as the person will be working with horses and disabled children. Also please could we ask you to spread the word to your friends, it would be such a shame to have enough horses but not enough volunteers to help keep the children safe! Just to be totally clear NO EXPERIENCE OF HORSES OR DISABLED CHILDREN REQUIRED! :)

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Get Involved

RDA Kenya is run entirely by volunteers, and we would love to have your help! If you would like to get involved as a side walker, or even just come and see what we do, please get in touch. Please read the information sheet for side walkers.

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0722 359068
0707 216233

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