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Naksha overcomes her disability and wins a gold medal in the college sports meet

Naksha is from Chikamagaluru, Karnataka. She is visually impaired and lives with her mother, two brothers, and a sister. The family has an annual income of Rs.30,000 (approx. $405). Her father passed away, making her older brother the sole bread-winner.

With her disability and her financial problems, she lost the hopes of going to college. She decided to drop out of college because of economic challenges.

One of her friends then introduced her to a team member from Samarthanam. After knowing her situation, Samarthanam intervened. They provided an opportunity for her by funding her higher education. This had a life-changing impact on Naksha.

Naksha was then able to enroll into junior college. She is currently pursuing 1st-year PU at the BES Govt College.

Naksha works hard in academics, but she is excellent at sports. She has participated in the district level Athletic Meet. She has bagged silver in Shotput and Gold in the 100-meter race.

Today, Naksha is a young girl with dreams of a bright future for which she works very hard. She is filled with gratitude and wants to make the best out of the opportunities she is being given.

Without the support and care of Samarthanam, Naksha would have dropped out of college and struggled with her disability being a roadblock all her life. The aid she has received has given hope for her future.

You can also help poor differently abled students get opportunities that they deserve. You can donate so that they can get the education and aid with which they can build their independence. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.

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Program Description

Samarthanam Trust focuses on visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged students from urban and suburban areas in Karnataka who don't have sufficient support for pursuing higher education.

Donation to this program supports part of the monthly tuition fees of a differently abled college student.

The long-term benefit of the project is to help these students join mainstream professions, thus contributing to social development and eradication of poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment. Students are selected based on the criteria of disability and financial status.

Selected students receive counseling for their interest areas. Accordingly, they are enrolled in suitable educational institutions.

The students receive free nutritious food and hostel facilities. Hostel fees range within Rs. 5,000 to 15,000 for 6 months. Academic progress is monitored by trained staff with individual attention, including visits to their schools and colleges. Volunteers also read notes to visually impaired students and help in identifying scribes to write exams.

Every weekend, corporate volunteers conduct classes on life skills and effective communication. Students are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities like yoga, dance, and sports.

Samarthanam has a union of old students called Samuha, which interacts half yearly with the current students, thus helping in increasing their network and making them aware of present employment opportunities.

When you donate to this program, you help a differently abled student get a college education. This education can help them become independent and build a better future for themselves.

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About The NGO

Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled
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Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled

Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is a National Award winning NGO that works for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and the underserved. They primarily cater to people in need by providing a plethora of services including quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, sports and placement based rehabilitation.

Their initiatives strive towards creating opportunities for them to keep pace with the rest of the society. Today they stand as a complete solution provider by supporting education and livelihood needs of persons with disabilities and those from underprivileged backgrounds. Apart from these initiatives, they also foster the game of blind cricket amongst visually impaired players across India, through their cricketing arm Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).

They envision to touch at least 100,000 lives by 2020, providing comprehensive solutions to the differently-abled and underserved communities. They were felicitated with the National Award for Child Welfare by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India and received it from Smt. Pratibha Patil, Honourable President of India in 2010.

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Founded in 1991
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Mahantesh G. K

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Mid-day Meals | differently abled

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Karnataka

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Renewals FY 19-20

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28 November, 2021

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

58 disabled and underprivileged youth were supported through Samarthanam’s higher education scholarship program in Bangalore Urban and Rural, Karnataka State.Students were mobilized and enrolled on the scholarship program. These students were supported for college tuition fees, books and stationeries during the period Jan to June 2021.A. In January books and stationers were distributed to higher education students of the Bangalore branch in Bangalore.B. On February 11th, the Department of Empowerment of differently Abled and Senior Citizens of Karnataka had organized the “Word Disability Day” program at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore. Hon'ble ministers Sri. S.T. Somashekar (Minster of Co-Operation, Govt of Karnataka) and Smt. Shashikala Annasaheb Jolley (Minister of Empowerment of differently Abled and Senior Citizens of Karnataka) visited Samarthanam’s stall. Both the ministers appreciated the work done by Samarthanam Trust for people with disabilities. 65 beneficiaries and staff from Samarthanam Trust participated in the program.C. On March 13th, higher education girl students from the Bangalore branch participated in the “International Women’s Day” program held at Samarthanam Trust’s Head Office in Bangalore


Challenges faced and next steps

On April 2nd week 2021, the deadly CORONA virus again shook the entire Karnataka State and the State Government announced a complete lockdown. The colleges were closed again and most of the colleges had to continue the teaching through online mode only. Many Educational Institutions / Universities across Karnataka had either postponed or cancelled the annual examinations to be held during April – June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic WAVE -2 crisis. Few Universities had even promoted their students to the next class by considering their internal exam scores and previous semester exam scores. There was a subsequent delay in the admission process and the Educational Institutions were not able to commence the classes as per the regular academic calendar. Students, parents, teachers were all living in a very uncertain situation with regards to the commencement of the academic year and students were also much worried about their academic career Most of the parents were worried about the health of their children due to the sudden onset of COVID-19 WAVE – 2 pandemic crises across the State Most of the parents/guardians lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and children were disturbed and worried about the ways to make the payment to college tuition fees Many parents informed that they would ask their children to drop out or discontinue this academic year as they were concerned about the safety of their children Samarthanam coordinators arranged a virtual counselling session for all these parents and students. They informed the parents/students about the importance of continuity of their education and assured full academic & financial support from Samarthanam to each student in whatever way possible. This had a great impact on these parents/students and boosted the confidence level of students As a result, many students are now continuing their higher education without getting dropped. Despite the ongoing COVID WAVE – 2 pandemic crises, students were supported for higher education Students are now able to continue their higher studies in reputed colleges without getting dropped out


Stories from the ground

Ms Varsha is 21-year-old. She was born to a poor farming family, who live in Aadivala, which is a small village near Hiriyur taluk, Chitradurga district in Karnataka. Her father Umapathi and her mother Yashodha both are working in farming the land. Varsha was born with her blindness and thus had to face many challenges right from birth. She is the only daughter of her parents. They earn very little and in the rainy season, it is very difficult for them to farm. The family faces a lot of problems and difficulties. She has completed her primary education in her village. She faces a lot of challenges in school because of her disability. One of her teachers, suggested her mother write the exams with the help of a scribe. She has got support from her uncle, by way of arranging scribe and reading service during the SSLC examinations, with their support she completed her tenth standard in Government high school in Chitradurga with 80%. She is a very talented girl, She wants to continue her education and also she wants to become an athletic player. One of her school teachers recognized her talents and suggested she continue her education in Bangalore. She is staying with her uncle in Bangalore. She joined PUC in GFGC College, Basavangudi, Bangalore. She scored 87%in Second Year Pre-University Board examination. She is very interested in cricket and one of her college friends suggested she approach Samarthanam Trust for joining the girl's cricket team and also she approached Samarthanam to support the continuation of her further education. Samarthanam HEP has supported scholarships to continue degree education with their help, she joined Surana College. She is currently pursuing B.A. final year. Samarthanam trust has recognized her talents and also supported her in sports activities. She is playing in the Indian blind cricket team. She played test matches in Kerala and Delhi. She won the woman of the match in both places. In the future, she wants to become a good cricket player.


23 March, 2021

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The purpose of the project is to provide higher inclusive education in renowned educational institutions, by providing college tuition and admission fees,facilitating students to participate in the online classes by providing tabs and internet data packs, virtual soft skills, English language and technical trainings, and improved standard of living for the differently abled and underprivileged youth.
In the long term the outcome of the program is to create an inclusive society which provides opportunities without any discrimination for the development of the differently abled people.


Higher Education Program Coordinators were able to mobilize and enroll differently abled and underprivileged youth in the age group of 15-25 years to the higher educationprogram across Karnataka. The Coordinators connected students through whatsapp groups and enrolled them to the program. They also counselled the students and the parents and  motivated the students to continue their education and asked the students not to dropout from their courses due to the long lockdown imposed by the state and central government due to the onset of COVID-19 pandemic crisis across the country.


Yes, there was a slight deviation in the activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis since April 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis the Higher education batch of 2020-2021 was declared a virtual batch.


Challenges due to COVID-19 Pandemic:
For the academic year 2020-2021, most of the Educational Institutions / Universities across Karnataka were either postponed or cancelled the annual examinations to be held during March – August 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Few Universities even promoted their students to the next class by considering their internal exam scores and previous semester exam scores.
 
There was a subsequent delay in the admission process and the Educational Institutions were not able to commence as usual. Even till date the admissions are still ongoing, reopening of the Colleges / Educational Institutions have been delayed, and are also further dependent on the guidelines from UGC and SOPs from State Higher Education Department. Students, parents, teachers are still living in a very uncertain situation with regards to the commencement of the academic year. Currently, there does not seem to be much clarity on when colleges will function as usual and there is a lot of confusion.  Also, most of the parents have expressed their consent to colleges to continue the teaching through online mode.


In spite of the ongoing COVID pandemic crisis, students have been enrolled to the program
Students are able to continue their higher studies in reputed colleges without getting dropped out.
Other differently abled students are also getting motivated to pursue higher studies by seeing their friends graduating successfully and getting employed.
Increase in self-worth and self-esteem as their on par with their able bodied students
A purpose for life and streamlining of their focus towards a better future
A sense of security and emotional bonding.
The financial burden of 170 plus parents/families have been drastically reduced
The students are able to focus on their studies without any other financial worries
Better career opportunities.
The ultimate results can only be seen in the long term, but we have taken the first step for their holistic development ensuring that in the long term the results are positive.



5 August, 2020

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Through the support of Corporate and Individual donors, many differently abled and underprivileged youth across Karnataka have been able to get admission in renowned educational institutions. Our students are also getting the state of the art facilities in these colleges along with other abled students.


 Students have been provided free accommodation and nutritious food
 English Language training, soft skills, life skills training and computer training were imparted for students.
 Visually Impaired students were provided with audio books which would be helpful for them during examinations.
 For the below average students remedial class was also arranged.
 We have also distributed assistive aids to students
 Scribes were arranged for the visually impaired students for the semester examinations held during November and December 2019.
 Students have participated in various events / extracurricular activities like sports.


Along with academic studies we also recognize strengths/ talents hidden in each student & help to bring out the best in each of them in extracurricular areas like music, dance, theatre, sports etc. Students have participated in various events / extracurricular activities like athletics, Independence Day celebrations