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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, Mar 20, 2018

Autism Awareness, acceptance and inclusion. There will be volunteers to watch your children while they have a great time in the entertainment area - all children welcome! While they enjoy, you can attend a series of workshops and trainings on autism and different therapies to help, and also visit a range of stalls for resources, information, assessments and networking. There will be food for sale at a subsidized cost. The event is completely free.

Autism Fair 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 10:00

Bomas of Kenya Limited

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Mon, Mar 19, 2018

This lovely group of gentlemen are always ready to help us, every single week. We appreciate all that you do... thank you! #ridingforthedisabled #volunteer

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Sun, Mar 18, 2018

So touching.

A video celebrating children with Down's syndrome is going viral, after being called "the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke" by James Corden.

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Tue, Mar 13, 2018

We have a petrol water pump that was very kindly donated to us by Davis and Shirtliff for our ball. It is valued at 16,000/- If you are interested in bidding then please do get in touch with us here or call 0722 359 068.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Dates for your diary! April term. Sessions are Wednesday and Thursdays 1pm - 3pm.

April 25th April 26th
May 3rd May 4th
May 10th May 11th
May 17th May 18th
May 24th May 25th
Half term break
June 6th June 7th
June 13th June 14th
June 20th June 21st
June 29th June 30th
July 4th July 5th

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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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