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 5.97 million trees in tribal-dominated states of India providing livelihood to the rural tribal communities throughout the plantation process. 


To promote sustainable agriculture, we provide nature-based solutions which alleviate the socio-economic


We provide rural tribal families with honey bee boxes along with training on honey bee farming.


We provide education and training to rural tribal communities committing ourselves to gender inclusion.


We create and rejuvenate water bodies to help the tribal community specially women to help in their daily chores.


We work to provide better livelihood opportunities to the rural tribal community for uplifting their living standards.


We are actively into mass tree plantations in various states of India to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Our Mission

"To empower indigenous communities through sustainable development initiatives that promote inclusive growth, environment sustainability and cultural preservation."

Our Vision

"To create a world where biodiversity is valued & protected and rural tribal communities are able to thrive sustainably within
their own environment."

How we are changing the life of tribal community?

At AWF, we believe in promoting the economic and social empowerment of rural and tribal communities through a range of initiatives, including education, healthcare, and the preservation of tribal arts and crafts. Our projects are designed to provide sustainable livelihoods, particularly for women, while encouraging eco-friendly practices and preserving cultural heritage. We work 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 Plantation Model

Our plantation model is a carefully crafted approach that prioritizes both the needs of the community and the environment. We exclusively plant trees on barren waste lands after consulting with local communities, ensuring our initiative aligns with their values. Moreover, by planting only indigenous or naturalized tree species, we try to guarantee a high survival rate and minimize disruption to the ecosystem.

Our Stakeholders

Success Stories

AWF empowers women like Deepa Naik, who hails from Odisha. Deepa currently has 3 members in her family- her parents and her sister, whom she supports financially. She has been working tirelessly with us for the past 1 year. Deepa now says that because she has been working in close conjunction with Aadivasi Welfare Foundation, she now has lots of livelihood opportunities and environmental awareness. She has developed an affinity to nature and is now practicing sustainable agriculture. She is proud of herself for being independent and being able to provide for the family because of AWF.
Deepa Naik
Maan Singh and his family hail from a village in Jharkhand. He has been working with AWF for the past 2 years. With Revenue generated by working on different livelihood projects of the Aadivasi Welfare Foundation, he is now able to send his children to school and meet other financial needs of his family. He says “I also earn a steady income by selling the fruits of the vegetation I have planted with my own hands. This is truly fulfilling work and gives me immense pride and self-confidence."
Maan Singh
Amar Singh Sardar hails from Jharkhand. He has been working with us for the past one and a half years. Sardar used to work as a contractual laborer in his village and now has livelihood throughout the year. His contribution has been crucial in helping to mobilize and gather integral human resources from his village. By involving and engaging local people in development initiatives, the impact of such efforts can be more sustainable and long-lasting. Amar’s story highlights the importance of organizations in promoting sustainable livelihoods and community development.
Maan Singh
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