SAMUHA works with vulnerable people to improve their quality of life within defined periods of time.
SAMUHA derives its name from the Sanskrit. SAMUHA means an organised group or society. This reflects our belief that development is best sustained when undertaken through group processes.
We began our operations in January 1987, in the Deodurg Taluk of Raichur district in North Karnataka.
SAMUHA’s Mission is “To improve the Quality of Life of vulnerable people within defined periods of time".
SAMUHA works with
- people with disabilities
- people living with/vulnerable to HIV/AIDS
- people deprived of social justice, and
- communities that are climate-challenged.
SAMUHA believes that all development is defined and parameterized by issues of power and domination; that poverty and discrimination exist, and are nurtured because people profit from the many parasitic opportunities that these provide.
The poor, in the areas where SAMUHA works, often do not have an alternative, since the environment they live in is defined by low/no basic infrastructure and services, and by scarce investment opportunities. Private enterprise here is primarily based on the export of whatever resources that there are, and on the absorption of the little capital that this generates, primarily for consumption purpose.
Benefits from this traditional model are restricted, since there is very little competition, and there is no pressure to provide people with choice or quality. By default, given that there is very little profit to be made in most areas; people are dependent on State services for even their basic needs. This is compounded by the low/no systemic pressure of governance on these services. The poor quality of these services often undermines the very value of these services.
Despite this, SAMUHA believes that the environments in which our people live can meet their needs if interventions are based on equitable development.
Samuha works in four districts of Karnataka: Raichur, Koppal, Gadag and Uttara Kannada; and with communities deprived of social justice across Karnataka.
INTERESTED IN OUR WORK?
If you would like to volunteer or know how you might be able to support our work,
please call Narayanswamy M at +91 9448385412