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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

Tue, Oct 09, 2018

Hi all, just to let you know that as tomorrow (Wednesday 10th October) is a public holiday, there will be no RDA. Thursday's session will go ahead as usual but don't forget we will be closed next week for half-term.

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Fri, Sep 07, 2018

We are ready and raring to go. New term starts next week!

We're always looking for volunteers to help. If you can spare just an hour or two, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-3 pm, then please do get in touch.

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Thu, Jul 05, 2018

We had a lot of fun yesterday. Lots of giggling, dancing and happy faces! A brilliant way to end the term for our Wednesday group from the Dagoretti Children's Centre. Roll on September!
If you can spare 2 hours, once or twice a week, then we would love to hear from you. #rda #therapy #happyfaces

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Wed, Jun 06, 2018

We are smiling! RDA is back on today and tomorrow. Now let's all do a sun dance and keep our fingers crossed it stays dry...

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Tue, May 22, 2018

Apologies everyone but RDA will not be on again this week due to the amount of rain and mud! Next week is half-term, so we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 6th June. Stay dry!

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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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Get in touch

0722 359068
0707 216233

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