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					About Sama Foundation
Sama Foundation started in the year 2005 with the aim to develop a society where “All are equal” – free
from Hunger, Poverty, Discrimination and Exploitation.
The organization's activities are managed and run by a team of enthusiastic people most of whom have a personal
experience of disability. With their experience, they serve as role models to many people with disabilities in the
project area and inspire them to make a positive, independent change to be included in society.


 Here are our key Projects:                               Hope (Nambhike)- Nambhike activities aim at the
                                                          rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy,
 Bloom    (Chiguru)    -Chiguru aims at ensuring
                                                          mental retardation, autism and multiple disabilities.
 significant and joyful childhood for children in
                                                          This initiative started to save the lives of children
 difficult circumstances. SAMA foundation believes
                                                          with Cerebral Palsy.
 that the quality of care and support children
 receive strongly determines their psycho social          Self Reliant (Swavalambi)- SAMA through KARO
 development which includes their intellectual and        started small 'Thrift and Credit Societies', in which
 social behavioural growth.                               a group of people with disability or the parents of
                                                          disabled children save small amounts of money
 Dignity      (Swabhimana)-      SAMA    Foundation
                                                          every month. They are also given the opportunity
 supports and facilitates KARO's activities and
                                                          to avail small loans.
 agendas (Karnataka State Disability Network).
 KARO advocates for the Rights of Disabled in             Education for all(Yellarigu Shikshana)- Yallareegu
 Karnataka. The network organizes rallies, meetings       Shikshana aims at promoting inclusive and easy
 and discussions with politicians and other stake         learning approach in the education system.The
 holders. KARO works in many ways to improve              need of it lies in the fact that the current
 the status of disabled in the state and makes sure       education system supports exclusion of disabled
 they get their rights and entitlements.                  children from the system.



 Thrift & Credit
                                                                                           “I believe that thrift is
The Swavalambi (thrift and credit) project met all its goals set for this year.We
finished our survey process and conducted awareness programmes on the                      essential    to   well -
concept of cooperative society. We also provided training and exposure visits to
                                                                                           ordered living”
Holkerae Mirada Siddar Training Centre (Chitradurga) for the members of the
societies. The visits have given them a morale boost and they are now willing to           John D. Rockefeller
put in all the efforts required to make their societies successful.

                                                    We have extended the societies in the hoblies (village
                                                    clusters) of Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, Bagalakotae,
                                                    Chithradurga and Bangalore Urban.
                                                    Currently we have 17 societies with 400 members actively
                                                    involved in this process.
                                                    Thrift and Credit (TC) Societies enable communities to
                                                    manage financial services mutually, helping them to
                                                    become more self-reliant.
 Psychosocial Care                                                                             "The message I'll

A 1- day sensitisation workshop was conducted at Hotel City Centaur (Bangalore) on             share...is that inclusion

16th December 2011 on “Adapting the Psychosocial Care Module to children with                  is extremely important
                                                                                               for kids with and without
Low Vision and Blindness”. A total of 28 participants from various civil society
                                                                                               disabilities."
organisations, special schools and the government machinery associated with disability
including the Disability Commissioner of Karnataka attended the workshop. Moving               Clay Aiken

forward with the discussions held at the sensitisation workshop, a series of 3
Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were planned with children in Private Special Schools, Government run
                                                             Special     School      and      Community         Based

                                                             Rehabilitation) to be held in January 2012.
                                                             The FDG's would be followed by a series of 30
                                                             Key       Informant      Interviews        with       various
                                                             stakeholders        (Children,     Parents,        Teachers,
                                                             Counsellors, NGO programme Officers, Funding
                                                             agencies) scheduled to start from January 2012.
                                                             Once the adaptation of this first module is done, it
                                                             will be field tested and the SAMA staff will be
                                                             trained     in   implementation,        monitoring       and
                                                             evaluation of the modules.


 “Children need the          Day Care Centre
 freedom and time to       We have two day care centres in our project areas in Hegganalli and Yellahanka
 play. Play is not a       (Bangalore) for multiple/severely disabled children. The activity for the children starts

 luxury. Play is a         with managing daily living skills and once the child can cope we include them to
                           mainstream education. This year we have 20 severely disabled children and 5 of them
 necessity.” Kay
                           have been promoted to regular school. They are attending school without any
 Redfield Jamison
                           problems.The parents too are motivated and keen retaining the children in school.

Our German consultant got us sets of activity/ learning materials that engages each child in play way learning and

works with the milestone delays the children face.
This has increased both the children's enthusiasm
and the parents' involvement in sending their
children regularly to the centre.
The day care centre also organised an outing for the
children to the Lalbaug flower show on Republic Day
(26th January). All the children enjoyed their time
captivated by the riot of colours and nature's bounty.
  Job placement for persons with disability
                                                                                                         Sama Foundation in collaboration with LCT (Full
                                                                                                         form) are running a livelihood programme that
                                                                                                         involves identification of persons with disabilities
                                                                                                         from our project areas and recommending them
                                                                                                         for suitable training and jobs. So far we have
                                                                                                         recommended 20 candidates for training and 15
                                                                                                         candidates have participated in the placement
                                                                                                         interviews.


   Livelihood


  SAMA Computer Centre (Mahalakshmi, Layout Bangalore) started in collaboration with Smile foundation
  to provide the computer education and knowledge of spoken English to get people living in local
  communities has completed two batches training 50 students.
  The           training             included               sessions     on     personality
  development,                      awareness                 about     HIV     and      time
  management. A job fare was held in the centre where
  many participants were interviewed and have jobs now.
  The centre also guides for placements ensuring the
  students are confident when they make the transition
  into the professional worlds.


Our urgent needs.......
 Education support fees and education material per child ......................................................................................................... Rs 1000
 Assistive device for the childrens with visual ,speech and hearing impairment .................................................................. Rs 1,500
 Constructing disabled friendly toilet and ramp in school ....................................................................................................... Rs 25000
Surgical correction for severely disabled childrens .................................................................................................................... Rs 7,500
Medical support –Aids and appliances ,wheel chair and special chair .................................................................................. Rs 5,000
 Teacher training on inclusive learning friendly approach ........................................................................................................ Rs 12,500
 Educational materials for the child activity centre and resource centre in school per year ......................................... Rs 15,000
 Capacity building training for adult people with disability to start co operative
  society for their economic development – .................................................................................................................................. Rs 7,500
 Therapy and play materials for day care centre and home based education programme ............................................... Rs 12,500
 Computer for the child activity centre in the slums and interactive learning CDs ......................................................... Rs 25,000
 Printing co operative society account book ,9 sets of books and 150 pass books ...............................................................                                Rs 500
 Honorarium for the field workers        who come from poor background ............................................................................... Rs 3,000
 Organizing adventure programmes , summer camp, sports and culture programme ...................................................... Rs 25,000

I am donating ......................................................   by Cheque/ Demand draft number .............................................
...................................................................................................Towards ............................................................................
 Karnataka Angavikalara Rajya Okoota (KARO)
                                                                       “We, the one's who are challenged, need to

 SAMA Foundation is one of the NGO facilitate and support KARO         be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but

 for the welfare of people with disabilities in Karnataka. It is a     as a person who has and will continue to

 network of people with disabilities in the state that works for the   bloom. To be seen not only as a handicap,
 protection of Rights and Entitlements. It also forms a link between   but as a well intact human being.”
 people with disabilities and services / schemes available through
                                                                       Robert M. Hensel
 government organisations and non- governmental organisations
 (NGOs)                                                                 So people could avail the benefits.
                                                                        This year 50 KARO members from
                                                                        districts across Karnataka ran a protest
                                                                        against the New Law on Disability near
                                                                        India Gate on December 3rd 2011
                                                                        (International day for Disabled Persons).
                                                                         In February 2012, a leadership training
                                                                        programme for the KARO members was
                                                                        conducted and the election was held for
                                                                        the    post   of    president   and    other
                                                                        executive bodies.




Please return this with your donation

To

SAMA Foundation
No.73
4th Cross,5th Main
Shankar Nagar Mahalakshmi Layout
Bangalore
Karnataka - 560021
India

				
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