Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is a National Award winning NGO established in the year 1997 by Founder Managing Trustee Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar and his schoolmate and childhood friend, Late Sugur Paramashivaiah Nagesh. Samarthanam works for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and the underserved. Samarthanam caters to people in need by providing plethora of services including quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, sports and placement based rehabilitation. The initiatives of Samarthanam strive towards creating opportunities for them to keep pace with the rest of the society.
Creating a platform for the visually impaired cricketers to portray their talent and ability and promote cricket for the blind at the international level was the primary driving force behind establishing Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. Creating education opportunities and supporting persons with disabilities was another major reason. As the organization grew in size and strength the initiatives expanded and embraced many more people in need, supporting them in every possible way.
Today, Samarthanam Trust stands to be a complete solution provider by supporting education and livelihood needs of persons with disabilities and those from under privileged backgrounds. The organization also facilitates direct livelihood opportunities to hundreds of persons with disabilities and women in distress through its Social Enterprises. Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the cricketing arm of Samarthanam, fosters the game of blind cricket and the visually impaired players across India.
Samarthanam team is geared to empower people in socio-economic-cultural fronts, leading to their holistic development. Supported by Trustees Vasanti Savanur, Uday Kumar Y B and Buse Gowda, the organisation is on its way to become a national entity by being the complete solution provider to people in need.
Samarthanam envisions to touch at least 100,000 lives by 2020, providing comprehensive solutions to the disabled and underserved communities.