The Theotokos Foundation was established in 1969 with the aim of sheltering disabled children. At that time disability was often viewed as a curse, or with shame. Fortunately times have changed and there are now about 25 mentally and physically disabled permanent residents receiving a high level of care in the main building in Pano Polemidia, Limassol. The age of these residents ranges from 15 to 60. More disabled residents live in a specially designed apartment within the Limassol community. The Foundation also has an art workshop, based in Limassol, that produces saleable items and seasonal trinkets all made by the Theotokos residents, the revenue from which generates funds to the Foundation
The Theotokos Foundation also has a preschool unit currently located within a section of the Old Limassol General Hospital. Here 10 to 15 disabled children are looked after on a day care basis by a qualified team which includes Psychologists, Speech Therapists and Pedagogists. They also attend RDA with the adults from the Theotokas Foundation.
The Cyprus Red Cross Home for Sick Children has been with us from the beginning. The home has a well organised programme of rehabilitation through physiotherapy and psychological assistance. It helps about 30 children on a day care basis and is located just behind the Theotokos Foundation Home in Pano Polemidia.
This organisation hosts male and female teenagers and young adults with minor mobility problems and medium mental disability on a day care basis. The Association has been using the RDA facilities for some time now and has seen encouraging results from the physical stimulation and social interaction that horse riding provides. This is particularly the case with a number of the autistic teenagers and young adults who from being utterly withdrawn have, after a period of time with us, demonstrated great enthusiasm and enjoyment.
May 2015 saw the start of our co-operation with the Limassol Autism Adult Group. This has been a big success. Three riders come to us every week and the progress that we have made with these riders has been immense.
We started our cooperation with this school in 2015 and the benefits to the riders with various challenges has been very successful. St Lucus now attends RDA every week. Additionally, we are very pleased to have two therapists from St Loukas as fully trained helpers