Samarthanam is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) that works to empower the visually impaired and disabled since 1997 bringing about progress in socio-economic-cultural fronts. Founded by Mahantesh GK, a visually challenged individual who set forth a vision of empowering the Visually impaired, disabled, marginalized people in India. Twenty year till date, Samarthanam has PAN India presence with its initiatives, facilitating opportunities to enable persons with disabilities and the underserved to keep pace with the rest of the society.
Samarthanam promotes building of an inclusive society which provides equal opportunities, without discrimination, for the development of the visually impaired, disabled and economically underserved. Samarthanam initiatives include Education, Skilling, Sports, Environment, Arts and Culture, Rehabilitation and Health and Nutrition.
Sport for the blind is a rightful pursuit and it forms a platform for physical and social development. Under Samarthanam Sports Initiative, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) governs cricket tournaments and championships in India and abroad. CABI is the only affiliate to World Blind Cricket Ltd. (WBC) and has touched 25,000 cricket enthusiasts across India/World from 2010. CABI primarily aims to promote Blind Cricket and reinforce the association among the visually impaired multitude in India and abroad Provides opportunities to the visually impaired and creating awareness among the public on the abilities and talent of the players.
Hon Ex President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee felicitated Indian team after winning 1st T20 World Cup in 2012. Hon Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi felicitated Indian team after winning 4th ODI World Cup in 2014 and the 2nd T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017. Hon President conveyed appreciation in his letter after the 2nd T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017. Felicitations and Support were received from Government, Ministers, celebrities and cricket veterans which
Proved to be valuable for the visually impaired cricket players adding confidence and making them self-sufficient.
Recently Samarathanam Trust for the disabled received the Best Institution Award from Government of India-Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Mr.Shekhar Naik -Padmashree Award winner who had represented India as the Captain in 1st T-20 Cup and 4th ODI World cup was honored as Best player award from Government of India-Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
We are glad to announce that our Indian Blind Cricket team is participating in the “5th ODI World Cup Cricket Tournament for the Blind 2018 ” to be held at Pakistan-Dubai from 7th January to 21st January 2018. About 7 International Countries are going to take part in this tournament namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa.