Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is a registered Trust working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and the underprivileged since 1997. The organization headed by Shri. G K Mahantesh, a visually impaired social entrepreneur, aims at providing opportunities for the target groups to keep pace with rest of the society by facilitating quality education, vocational training and placement, rehabilitation, sports and culture by providing accommodation, nutritious food and direct financial support wherever required. The organization incepted in Bangalore has multiplied its horizons and established centers across Karnataka and beyond. The North Karnataka initiative was established in the year 2009 with the first center in Dharwad. This was followed established centers in Gadag, Belgaum and Bellary in year 2010, 2011 and 2014 respectively. Accordingly today North Karnataka region has 4 centers and has the capacity to train nearly 1000 persons with various disabilities each year and ensure them with lucrative employment opportunities.