Sama Foundation, formed in 2005, is a non-profit organization, The name was derived from the word ‘Sama’ (which means equal). At the beginning, SAMA worked with the inclusive society. In 2010 it collaborated with Smile Foundation (another non-profit organization) and started working on a project called Step e Learning. SAMA not only has worked with inclusive society but also with youths. Sama is currently running seven Skilled Development and five Educational Centres across Bangalore.
Ramanathan was working at EveryChild-UK, EveryChild-UK was mainly focusing on street children, child labour and trafficking children in India. Everychild-UK showed its interest to work among children with disabilities the most marginalized in the society through Inclusive Development Approach. Mr.G.Ramappa, Country Director of Everychild-UK was a key person for starting Sama Foundation. Ramanathan and group of young people with disability came forward to start Sama on 28th December 2005.
Just 1% got education among disability community, according to Betsson National Sample Survey Organization (1991), Hence the employment is very less among disability community. Disabled people will not get manual job which doesn't require education due to stigma in the society (How can you take such a hard work from a weak disabled person). This situation force disabled people to depend on the family for their daily needs. After several round of discussion we decided to focus on Education and Livelihood which will create a access to source of income to lead a dignified life. Since our approach is community based, we also started working for the inclusive development of the community.