About Us

The Aadivasi Welfare Foundation, a section 8 not-for-profit, was founded on November 26th, 2018 with an aim to promote environmental and social sustainability through social forestry and tribal development. Over the past 5 years, AWF has planted over 7.2 million trees in tribal dominated states of India (Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttrakhand) providing livelihood to the rural tribal communities throughout the plantation process.

The tree planting initiative targets approx. 145,999,784 kg of carbon sequestration annually upon maturity, conserve the habitat of various endemic, endangered species found in the region, reduce the human-animal conflict by densifying the forest cover creating a green barrier; fulfill the basic needs of the forest dependent villagers by planting trees in their village lands restricting their entry to the forest area and enhance the biodiversity of the region.

AWF aims to achieve its objective through the collective efforts of village communities by sensitizing them about the benefits of planting trees, the importance of protecting wildlife, and the ill effects of human invasion into animal territories. AWF strives to understand the community’s needs and take into account their opinions, and suggestions in designing the interventions in order to boost the green economy and bridge economic gender gaps. In addition to providing nature-based climate solutions and fostering the development of tribal economies, the projects of AWF support many other sustainable development goals, such as empowering women, ensuring access to clean water and education, and preserving rural communities’ vital ecosystems.


At AWF, we believe in promoting the economic and social empowerment of rural and tribal communities through a range of initiatives for livelihood diversification by developing multiple income streams and reducing reliance on a single source of income. These initiatives include education, healthcare, and the cultural revitalization of tribal arts and crafts. Our projects are designed to provide sustainable livelihoods, ensuring that gender perspectives are integrated into all aspects of development projects, in order to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment, while encouraging eco-friendly practices and preserving cultural heritage.

We use the participatory approach for working closely with local communities to identify their needs and design projects that are tailored to their unique requirements. Our team of experts provides end-to-end support, from project ideation to implementation and monitoring, to ensure that our initiatives are successful in creating a positive impact on the ground. 

Our Values

AWF has a strong focus on SIX J, which includes Jungle (Forest), Jal (Water), Jameen (Land), Jalwayu (Climate), Jaanwar (Wildlife), and Janjaati (Tribes).


Forests are vital for the planet's health and well-being, and AWF believes in protecting and improving forest areas. To achieve this, AWF creates community awareness and encourages participation in massive tree plantation activities. By promoting the importance of forests, AWF aims to preserve this vital resource for future generations.


Water is essential for life, but we often neglect the importance of saving our water bodies and wetlands. AWF is committed to creating and rejuvenating water bodies to hold rainwater and improve the water table. By encouraging people to take responsibility for water conservation, AWF aims to ensure that future generations have access to clean water.


Soil health is crucial to maintaining a healthy ecosystem, but we often ignore it. AWF works to avoid soil erosion by creating awareness of the importance of organic farming and promoting methods that protect the soil. By focusing on land conservation, AWF aims to ensure that the land remains productive and healthy for generations to come.


Climate change is one of the most significant environmental challenges we face today. AWF recognizes this and is working to reduce the temperature through tree plantation efforts. By promoting tree plantation as a means of reducing the impacts of climate change, AWF aims to create a healthier planet for future generations.


Wildlife plays a crucial role in the ecosystem, and AWF recognizes the importance of improving wildlife habitats and reducing human-animal conflict. By planting trees in and around wildlife sanctuaries, AWF aims to create a more suitable habitat for wildlife. Additionally, by involving rural communities that depend on the forest, AWF aims to reduce human-animal conflict and ensure that wildlife continues to thrive.


Tribal communities have traditional practices, culture, and art & crafts that are essential to the preservation of the ecosystem. AWF recognizes this and is working with tribal communities to train, protect and promote their traditional art & craft. By involving tribal communities in our conservation efforts, AWF aims to create a more sustainable future that preserves the environment and supports local cultures.


Aditi Pandey


Sunil Limaye

Advisory Board

Gaurav Tiwari

Head Partnerships

D N Naveenkumar

Sustainability Manager

Shraddha Prasad

Project Associate

Ranjan Sharma

Admin & Compliances

Vivek Rajak

Field Manager

Rohit Prasad

Field Executive

Ashok Mohanta

Field Executive

Panchanan Mandal

Field Executive


Become a volunteer


At Aadivasi Welfare Foundation, we seek bright individuals who are in sync with our passion for the environment and appreciate the collaborative culture of perseverance, diligence, and proactiveness. If you have the determination to strive for unparalleled standards and excellence without losing sight of your roots with nature, then Aadivasi Welfare Foundation is the right place for you.