Help spinal cord injury patients get access to physiotherapy by SAMUHA

Help spinal cord injury patients get access to physiotherapy


Every monthly donation helps more patients like Mallappa get physiotherapy

Mallappa's life came crashing in front of his eyes after he broke his back during a train accident. Having injured his spinal cord, he was bedridden and could no longer move or perform any basic tasks independently. Ridden with wounds and bed sores, he luckily found out about Samuha's spinal cord rehabilitation unit and enrolled himself at their center for 3 months.

While at the center, the staff focused on strengthening his upper body and stretching his lower limbs through balance activities, gait training, bowel and bladder management, and ADSL management. After undergoing physiotherapy and counseling for 3 months at the Samarthya SRC, he has finally recovered from his wounds and has learned adaptive techniques that help him accomplish day to day tasks.

From being completely dependent on his mother to performing all his daily living activities by himself in his wheelchair, Mallappa has come a long way.


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About The Program

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Program Description

Young men in the age group of 20 to 35 suffering from spinal cord-related injuries are given therapy and counseling at Samuha's Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre for three months. These men, being at the prime of their age go through severe mental trauma owing to their increased dependence and reduced earning capabilities.

Samuha runs a residential center for these men and provides them with therapy as well as counseling. The program is typically run for three months for each beneficiary, but depending on their improvement, the stay can be extended by a month.

Even after getting discharged, the beneficiaries are recommended to come back for 10-day camps that are held once in 4-5 months for physiotherapy and general check-up.

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About The NGO


SAMUHA' derives its name from a Sanskrit word, which means an organized group or society. This reflects their ideology that "development is best sustained when undertaken through group processes ".They work with vulnerable people to improve their quality of life within defined periods of time.

Their mission is "To Improve the Quality of Vulnerable People within Defined Period of Time". Based out of Koppal, the Samarthya wing of Samuha works specifically with the differently-abled in Karnataka and was awarded the State Award for Organisations by the Directorate of Disabled and Senior Citizens Empowerment.

They are supported with 150 Full-time staff, 5 Volunteers and 46 Consultants, who work on implementing a plethora of projects ranging from the Early Intervention Centre and Mobility Aids workshop to their screening camps and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre. Samarthya works across 352 villages in the Koppal and Raichur districts of Karnataka, impacting the lives of over 3700 differently-abled people every year.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Naranyanswamy M.

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Rehabilitation | differently abled

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provided a range of rehabilitation services to 2816 poor people with disabilities

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: 2012 ICICI Foundation and CNBC-TV18's Inclusive India Awards

2017: Strong Delivery Capability & High Financial Proficiency

2017: Guidestar Gold Transparecy Award

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Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

Program Updates

19 November, 2019

Physiotherapy sessions being given


Physiotherapy sessions being given

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center (SRC) is located on a peaceful campus close to NH-13, near Hosuru cross. Whether the client was recently discharged from the hospital after a recent incident or the condition is long-standing, our program is designed for clients with diagnosed spinal cord injuries who need rehabilitation. New clients to our center are encouraged to participate in a Three-month camp to learn skills for self-care, SCI-specific exercise, and functional mobility. We incorporate many educational sessions with visits from a physician, nutritionist, and counselor. Additionally, various community members share their experiences and educate clients on vocational training options to help them participate in their communities and generate income for their families. Upon completion of the 3-month program, clients are encouraged to return for 10-day follow-up camps every 4-6 months to progress their exercise programs and receive support where needed. As client presentations vary greatly, our therapists will conduct a phone screening prior to initial intake to determine if a client is suitable for the program.

Story from the field

Sharanappa Hadapada a 49 year old male, his hometown is Byalihal belongs to Kushtagi taluka of Koppal district. He had a barber shop in village, due to lack customer, shop has shutdown. Presently Family’s livelihood is coolie. One day while sitting on compound wall, he fell down then his back got broken. Then he went to local hospital for treatment, but doctor referred him to a hospital in Karwara. He underwent for operation, but it was not successful in fixing the spinal injury due to which he is now on a wheel chair. When he initially approached Samuha Samarthya on December 2018, he was in poor state of health, was confined to bed entire day resulting in bedsores and had no sensation in his lower body. He was completely dependent on his family members for all the day-to-day activities. Samuha Samarthya operates a short term residential facility - Social Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with objective “to promote social inclusion of persons with spinal cord injuries to enable and empower them to become contributing members of the society.” The staff at the SRC made a thorough assessment of Sharanappa Hadapada when he first approached us, so that a detailed intervention plan is drawn depending on his status and needs. Once enrolled, Sharanappa Hadapada underwent physiotherapy and was given a workout plan that gradually built his strength. Therapists focused on strengthening his upper body aside from training him with lower limb stretching, balance activity and gait. He was also trained in bowel and bladder management, skills in day-today management and given extensive counseling services. During the 3 months of residential training at the SRC Sharanappa Hadapada triumphed in resuming active status recovering from the incident, fighting physical and mental ailments, and has learned adaptive techniques to accomplish day-to-day tasks quite independently. He got sensation because of therapy. He is able to shift from bed to wheelchair and wheel chair to bed independently. Now he can walk with support of folding walker. In future he wants to open petty shop either ship rearing.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 59
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 231
Village/City/State where project is located Hosuru cross, Koppal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 24
Total Expenses for the project YTD 90

30 October, 2018

SAMUHA's Update


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Program Update

  • Assessment and follow-up clinics providing clinical support, referrals for surgeries and medicines, treatment, counselling and rehabilitation in preventing further or mitigating effects of the disability.
  • Early intervention for Children with Disabilities (CWDs) screening, identification and providing treatment, therapy and functional skill training to aid to a better quality of life.
  • Promoting and strengthening Inclusive education for CWDs, providing support in special needs like mobility, communication, sign language, lesson adaptations in personal and environmental systems.
  • To enhance functional abilities, funds or resources are mobilized to provide aids and appliances suitable to the disability (ex. hearing aids, limbs, wheel chairs, tricycles, physiotherapy aids etc.).
  • Functional adaptation of homes is made through simple modification are made by adding railings, constructing ramps etc., to make PWD more independent.
  • Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries are rehabilitated by providing counselling, physiotherapy, paramedical support, training in independent living skills, aids and appliances, environmental adaptations and aid in accessing social security benefits through a structured approach, among others.
  • Short stay camps for children with deafness, Cerebral Palsy or multiple disabilities are periodically organised, aiming to deliver specific skills such as day-to-day disability management, sign language, speech therapy, and special education, easing their way into mainstream society.
  • Home based therapeutic services are provided to deaf children and young people, persons with Spinal Cord Injuries, mentally challenged, children with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities.
  • Vocational Training in horticulture, tailoring and craft is given to women with disabilities and care givers and supported with placement services.
  • Support to caregivers is given through counselling and skills training and forming support groups to ensure sustainable intervention,
  • Facilitate organized groups of care givers, PWDs self-help groups, deaf clubs, at Taluk/district/ state level federations and networks to advocate for the rights of PWDs.

Story from the field

Hanumantha is a 35 year old worker from Kothadoddi in the Deodurga taluk. Belongs to poor family. At the age of 30 he had an accident during his work time as an excavator loading sand into a truck fell over due to collapsing sand. Due to this his spine has been damaged severely and he spent 2 years sitting at home without being able to work until he discovered the offerings of the spinal cord injury. He was depressed due to absence of social life. Then our project identified him and asked him to attend the three months training in our center. He joined Spinal cord rehabilitation center, new clients to our center are encouraged to participate in a three-month camp to learn skills for self-care, SCI-specific exercise, and functional mobility. We incorporate many educational sessions with visits from a physician, nutritionist, and counsellor. Additionally, various community members share their experiences and educate clients on vocational training options to help them participate in their communities and generate income for their families. Upon completion of the 3months program, clients are encouraged to return for 10-day follow-up camps every 3 months to progress their exercise programs and receive support where needed. During his three month in the spinal cord injury he received training with the wheelchair and the caliper so that he now is able to move independently and participate in certain fields of work within his village. He now owns a wheelchair. During his training in the spinal cord injury he was informed about the available government schemes which led to him being able to get a two-wheel vehicle which significantly increased his mobility. He also gained access to a pension of 1400 rupees per month. The Functional adaptation department of Samarthya improved his living situation at home enabling him to use the restroom on his own. By now he is able to live in his village and support his family. He is very happy.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 350
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year 860

18 May, 2018

Samuha's update


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The facilities available during th/e period

  • Comprehensive clinical assessment, individualized rehabilitation plan, therapeutic services, mobility support (e.g. wheelchairs, cushion mats, callipers, crutches, walkers and waterbeds, etc).
  • Training in knowledge and skills on skincare, bladder and bowel care, bed mobility, balance, transfer from wheelchair to bed independently.
  • Practice hygiene, dressing and catheter usage.
  • Exercises for upper limb strengthening, trunk, balance and better mobility
  • Professional counselling and psychological therapy as needed.
  • Orientation on rights, Disability Acts in India and other entitlements.
  • Caregivers training programme to create support system in their homes. Achievements in 2017-18
  • 61 persons with SCI received services for three months each
  • FM Radio Station Hospet interviewed the wards to create awareness
  • 159 persons with SCI received home based rehabilitation services in Koppal and Raichur through CBR project
  • 21 IGPs support
  • 67 mobility aids provided

Malappa's story Mallappa, 30 is an agricultural labour from Chikkamageri of Koppal district, Karnataka. During March 2016, a wall fell on his back and injured his spinal cord.

After undergoing treatment at Hubli KMC hospital, hospitalisation for 1 month and aftercare at home the next 1 year and 6 months, his condition hadn't improved much. He was bedridden and suffered from bedsores. He was totally dependent on his mother for all his daily activities.

His family brought him to Samarthya's Social Rehabilitation Center (SRC) for persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) on14 November 2017. He was thoroughly assessed by the SRC staff and he underwent physiotherapy and exercised regularly. Focus was on strengthening upper body, lower limb stretching, balance activity and gait training; training for bowel and bladder management, daily living activities management. Further, Samarthya provided him with a caliper, folding walker and wheel chair increasing his movement, ensuring necessary adaptations were made at home meanwhile. He received counseling services and information regarding government schemes etc. during his stay.

Determined Mallappa and Samarthya staff succeeded in his fast recovery. Within 15 days he recovered from bedsores. He is now able to shift between bed and wheelchair and perform other daily living activities independentl. He is quite happy with his progress and services from Samarthya.

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