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About us


Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, an NGO working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and distress has a rich history spanning 20 years, marked by accomplishments. The Trust is geared to empower people in socio-economic-cultural fronts, leading to their holistic development. By 2020, it aims to touch at least 100,000 lives with disabilities, creating a positive impact. The journey started in 1997, when Mahantesh G.K. and two of his friends envisioned an organization to provide basic need of education for the young and talented children with disability of any form. Since then, Samarthanam has been working to empower persons with disabilities. As the journey firmed, so has the reach and programs. In order to achieve its mission and realize its vision, Samarthanam has transformed itself to a comprehensive solutions provider, addressing different needs of all stakeholders.



Samarthanam equips people with disabilities and the underserved with superior education facilities and allied activities through their Residential primary and high schools, Special School for Intellectually Disabled, Higher Education support, and Digital Book Libraries.


15 Livelihood Resource Centres (LRC) provide technical and sector based skill training in BPO and Call Centre operations to youth with disabilities and underserved backgrounds.


Swadhara provides shelter for women with disabilities, economically backward and distressed. Also provides counseling support and vocational training.


Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the cricketing arm of Samarthanam, governs cricket for the blind in India and is affiliated to World Blind Cricket Limited.


Sunadha is a group of artists with disabilities who excel in classical and folk dance forms, performing on various national and international platforms.


Parisara is a dry and e-waste management programme collecting, scientifically segregating and recycling waste for sustainable development.

health & nutrition

The Mid-day Meal Programme provides food to children from Government schools in Bangalore.

Awards & Recognitions

  • NASSCOM Social Innovation Award – 2016
  • UN Consultative status awarded – 2015
  • Spirit of Human Award received – 2015
  • National Award – 2014
  • PMI Award for best Project Management – 2013
  • NCPEDP Shell Helen Keller Award in the Best Role Model category – 2013
  • NDTV spirit of sports award for lifetime achievement in the field of sports against odds in – 2012
  • India Awakening Award from Hindustan Times for social change in India – 2012
  • Green Star Award by TCS World 10K – 2012
  • Vajrakumara Award for excellence in providing better lifestyle for PWDs in – 2011
  • National Award for Child welfare in – 2010
  • State Award for services rendered to persons with disability in – 2009
  • Aryabhata International Award – 2009
  • State Award for Services to Children in – 2007
  • Regional Awardee for The India NGO Award – 2006
  • Governor’s award of Excellence for community services – 2002


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