Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled (Samarthanam Trust) works for underprivileged sections of society, particularly the visually impaired. It runs integrated primary and secondary schools and supports visually impaired students pursuing higher education. The Trust's motto is to use technology to nullify disability. Educate, Enable and Empower are the watch words of the Trust. It also promotes sports activities for the visually impaired, such as cricket and chess.
Main activities of the trust are:
Livelihood Resource Centre: The program addresses livelihood needs of persons with disabilities by providing training in areas of IT/BPO, retail, hospitality, garments etc. based on their areas of interest. A total of 900 candidates across six centres in Karnataka and one in Bokaro were trained and 80% of them got placements. The trust works closely with many government bodies and institutions such as SIDBI, CISCO, Tata Trust, Engineers India Limited etc.
Education and hostel facilities: In FY15, 150 students were enrolled in the Primary School, including 19 children with disabilities. Alongside academics, students are also trained in spoken English and communication skills. Besides getting good quality education, nutritious meals and residential facilities too are provided. Samarthanam’s High School is equipped to educate and provide secure, hygienic and accessible infrastructure with an excellent learning atmosphere to 150 students. The class X students achieved 100% results in FY15. The trust also runs hostel facilities for men and women.
Vocational Training and Rehabilitation programs: Samarthanam runs many rehabilitation programs for men and women and provides them vocational training. Till date 3,600 persons with disabilities have been reached out to. Vocational training is given in computers, soft skills, BPO/Call centre training, English speaking course, personality development classes, and training for Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY). Swadhara, a home for distressed and disabled provides shelter, food, vocational training, and counselling and suitable placement options.
Samarthanam Trust is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Karnataka Governor's Award for Excellence. The cricket team has been winner of two T-20 World Cups for the Blind.
Income Rs12 cr
Expense Rs11 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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