Envisioning an inclusive society free from discrimination
Crisis: People born with visual impairment can lead a normal life with their own style of doing things. But in India they face a lot of issues due to inaccessible infrastructure and social challenges. Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India due to limited resources at disposal for them specifically.
Programs: Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, founded in 1997, is an NGO working towards facilitating opportunities to enable persons with disabilities and the underserved to keep pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training and placement based rehabilitation. The Trust also has a cricketing arm called The Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI) affiliated with World Blind Cricket Ltd. (WBC) which organizes District, Zonal & National level tournaments for our Indian Cricket Blind team.
Outcome: Samarthanam has provided 15,40,000 meals to kids in Government schools in Karnatak in the year 2017. They also collected 65000 tonnes of low value plastic under their Well-being Out of Waste (WOW) project with the help of ITC. To make education easily accessible in India for the print-disabled including visually impaired and dyslexic children the Trust established 6 Digital Book Libraries with 5000+ books in it.
Income Rs12 cr
Expense Rs11 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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