Our mission

Samhita means “collective good.” We help people and organizations “do good better” by creating symbiotic relationships between those who are bringing about change on the ground and those who have the means and resources to enable that change.

 

Our model

Companies across the country are looking for social initiatives and grassroots partners for their CSR projects. Foundations are looking to promote their awards/grants and partner with NGOs to implement their programs. NGOs spend an average of 250 days a year trying to raise funds and garner resources for their programs.

The “Samhita ecosystem” provides a credible platform and thought leadership to enable NGOs, companies, donor agencies, individuals, philanthropists, foundations and researchers to achieve their specific goals and make informed decisions that translate into purposeful action and large-scale social impact. Since 2009, Samhita has provided structured and professional services to enable companies, donors and NGOs to collaborate with each other and impact thousands of lives in India.

 

Whom we work with

Companies

The Samhita ecosystem provides access to a growing network of NGOs to address social issues as well as reach out to bottom-of-the-pyramid (BoP) markets. We can partner with you to provide inputs on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that address core business needs, advise on effective ways of engaging with the community, design social initiatives, coordinate implementation of programs as well as measure the impact of your initiatives.

NGOs

Being part of the Samhita ecosystem enables you to raise funds, access opportunities, showcase your work and gain credibility as well as form networks that could lead to further growth and impact.

Donor agencies

Samhita has considerable experience in managing grants, awards and program delivery. With our vast network of NGOs and deep understanding of the Indian development sector, we can leverage our easy-to-use portal to run campaigns, host application forms, recommend NGOs and monitor the utilization of your funds.
Our offerings are tailored to your needs and aligned with the values of your organization.

To find out more, please contact us here.

 


About the Nadathur Group

The Nadathur Group is a private investment firm & family office established by N.S. Raghavan, one of the co-founders of Infosys Technologies. Infosys was founded in 1981 by a team of seven people with US$ 250 as seed capital. Today it is a NYSE listed company with around US$ 5 Billion in revenues, about 125,000 people, and a market cap of US$ 35 Billion. Mr. N.S. Raghavan came out of Infosys in 2000, and set up Nadathur to serve as a Family Office and to invest in ventures across Asia. Today, the group is based out of India and Singapore and manages over US$ 600 million across asset classes and investment life cycles – from angel & venture capital investments to private Equity, Public Equity, Debt, and Real Estate. The activities and investments of the Nadathur Group cover diverse sectors including Healthcare, Life Sciences, Hospitality, Information Technology, Energy & Environment, and Education.

Social investing is an area where the Nadathur family strives to make a difference personally and professionally. The Nadathur Group supports philanthropy, and invests in social causes, aiming to transform passion into financially viable and sustainable models. In these efforts, the group goes beyond investing funds, and puts in time, effort, management expertise, and intellectual capital to build successful projects. Livelihood creation, the arts, education, medical research, and conservation are areas of interest to the group. Organizations supported include FAME India, the Nadathur Trust, Nature Conservation Foundation, and Maya Organics.

 


Legal & Financial Information

Samhita.org is a philanthropic initiative of the Nadathur Trust; a charitable trust registered under section 12 A (a) of Income Tax Act, 1961. Nadathur Trust is the philanthropic arm of Nadathur Group (www.nadathur.com). Nadathur Trust aims to partner with people and social organizations in creating financially viable and sustainable solutions to various social, economical and environmental issues/challenges. The social investing approach at Nadathur Trust focuses on achieving best possible outcomes by working closely in partnership with social enterprises/people and foundations in a collaborative way.

Through Samhita.org, Nadathur Trust intends to bring various stakeholders of social sector into one platform and contribute to the overall development of the social sector.

In order to achieve the objectives of samhita.org in an efficient and effective manner, the Nadathur group has also created Samhita Social Ventures Pvt Ltd (a company registered under the Companies Act) as a vehicle to manage all the activities related to the Samhita platform. While the platform/portal is developed and owned by Nadathur Trust, various activities related to the platform such as identification of social organizations, providing information, relevant content and resources relevant to the social sector, capacity building etc will be carried out by Samhita Social Ventures. Profits/surplus if any generated by Samhita Social Ventures from its activities, shall also be redeployed in furthering the objectives of the samhita.org
Below is information on both the entities.

Samhita Social Ventures Private Limited

  1. Registered as a private limited company under the Companies Act, 1956 (CINU93090KA2009PTC051788)
  2. Registered office located at: 3rd Floor, Nadathur Place, Plot No. 23, 8th Main Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore 560 011
  3. Contact Address: 502, Atlanta Centre, Sonawala Cross Lane, Goregaon (East), Mumbai 400 063

Nadathur Trust

  1. Registered as a Trust in the State of Karnataka
  2. Office of the Trust located at: 3rd Floor, Nadathur Place, Plot No. 23, 8th Main Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore 560 011
  3. Income tax registrations: Nadathur Trust has registration under S.12A (a) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

 

 

Anything but a saint

The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa is wholesale jerseys china dispelled in a paper by Serge Lariv and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole S of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. The paper will be published in the March issue of the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses and is an analysis of the published writings about Mother Teresa.

“While looking for documentation on the phenomenon of altruism for a seminar on ethics, one of us stumbled upon the life and work of one of Catholic Church’s most celebrated woman and now part of our collective imagination Mother Teresa whose real name was Agnes Gonxha,” says Professor Lariv who led the research. “The description was so ecstatic that it piqued our curiosity and pushed us to research further.”

As a result, the three researchers collected 502 documents on the life and work of Mother Teresa. After eliminating 195 duplicates, they consulted 287 documents to conduct their analysis, representing 96% of the literature on the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity (OMC).

Facts debunk the myth of Mother Teresa

In their article, Serge Lariv and his colleagues also cite a number of problems not take into account by the Vatican in Mother Teresa’s beatification process, such as “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception, and divorce.”

The sick must suffer like Christ on the cross

At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions welcoming the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. The missions have been described as “homes for the dying” by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Calcutta. Two thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving appropriate care. The doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers. The problem is not a lack of money the Foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars but rather a particular conception of suffering and death: “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” was her reply to criticism, cites the journalist Christopher Hitchens. Nevertheless, when Mother Teresa required palliative care, she received it in a modern American hospital.

Questionable politics and shadowy accounting

Mother Teresa was generous with her prayers but rather miserly with her foundation’s millions when it came to humanity’s suffering. During numerous floods in India or following the explosion of a pesticide plant in Bhopal, she offered numerous prayers and medallions of the Virgin Mary but no direct or monetary aid. On the other hand, she had no qualms about accepting the Legion of Honour and a grant from the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti. Millions of dollars were transferred to the MCO’s cheap jerseys various bank accounts, but most of the accounts were kept secret, Lariv says. “Given the parsimonious management of Mother Theresa’s works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?”

The cheap jerseys from china grand media plan for holiness

Despite these disturbing facts, how did Mother Teresa succeed in building an image of holiness and infinite goodness? According to the three researchers, her meeting in London in 1968 with the BBC’s Malcom Muggeridge, an anti abortion journalist who shared her right wing Catholic values, was crucial. Muggeridge decided to promote Teresa, who consequently discovered the power of mass media. In 1969, he made a eulogistic film of the missionary, promoting her by attributing to her the “first photographic miracle,” when it should have been attributed to the new film stock being marketed by Kodak. Afterwards, Mother Teresa travelled throughout the world and received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. In her acceptance speech, on the subject of Bosnian women who were raped by Serbs and now sought abortion, she said: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing direct murder by the mother herself.”

Following her death, the Vatican decided to waive the usual five year waiting period to open the beatification process. The miracle attributed to Mother Theresa was the healing of a woman, Monica Besra, who had been suffering from wholesale nfl jerseys intense abdominal pain. The woman testified that she was cured after a medallion blessed by Mother Theresa was placed on her abdomen. Her doctors thought otherwise: the ovarian cyst and the tuberculosis from which she suffered were healed by the drugs they had given her. The Vatican, nevertheless, concluded that it was a miracle. Mother Teresa’s popularity was such that she had become untouchable for the population, which had already declared her a saint.

Positive effect of the Mother Teresa myth

Despite Mother Teresa’s dubious way of caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it, Serge Lariv and his colleagues point out the positive effect of the Mother Teresa myth: “If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa conveyed in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian initiatives that are genuinely engaged with those crushed by poverty, we can only rejoice. It is likely that she has inspired many humanitarian workers whose actions have truly relieved the suffering of the destitute and addressed the causes of poverty and isolation without being extolled by the media. Nevertheless, the media coverage of Mother Theresa could have been a little more rigorous.”About the study

The study was conducted by Serge Lariv Department of psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Carole S Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, and Genevi Ch Department of psychoeducation, University of Montreal.

The printed version, available only in French, will be published in March 2013 in issue 42 of Studies in Religion / Sciences religieuses.

This study received no specific funding.

Professor Serge Lariv is available only for interviews in French. Professor Carole S will be available for English interviews on Friday, March 1st.

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