NISARGA works for integrated socio-economic development of primitive tribals in and around of H D Kote in Mysuru , Karnataka.


Nisarga Foundation

Nisarga is dedicated to the socio-economic empowerment of indigenous and marginalized communities.

We promote the holistic development of tribal and marginalised communities, we work across various development areas including health and nutrition, education,women empowerment, community development, environment, tribal art and culture and advocacy. We also implement various programm in collaboration with government departments and development organisations at taluk and district levels, including Sarva Sikshana Abhiyana (SSA), National Child Labour Project (NCLP) and Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP). For us, nurturing indigenous communities goes hand-in-hand with protecting the surrounding nature, by promoting sustainable farming and preserving the local biodiversity.


Vision : To enhance the quality of life of tribal community.


Mission : To ensure positive socio-economic, cultural and political empowerment among the indigenous community, while protecting the environment and nurturing its biodiversity.




M V Narasimha Rao


President of Nisarga Foundation. He is a scientist and having thirty-seven years of experience in Rural Development. He is a social activist and promoted Rural Women's Federation in Kolar Dist. He has received Rajyothsava Award in 2008. He promoted a network of NGO's in Kolar Dist namely Collective Action Network in 2012. Currently working as an adviser for Karnataka State NGO's Federation. He serving as Executive Director at GRAMA VIKAS.


Dr. Indira M


Vice President of Nisarga Foundation. Dr. M. Indira, Rt. Professor of Economics, University of Mysore carries with her more than 30 years of research and teaching experience. She was the former director of Center for Women’ Studies, University of Mysore. She was a visiting fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies at The Hague during 2014. She received Best Teacher in Economics Award from Stars of Industry Group (USA) and Dainik Bhaskar Group, India) in 2013. Professor Indira is actively engaged with the NGO sector in Karnataka. She has completed several projects and some of them are “Gainers and Losers in Transition: A study of coffee marketing” supported by UGC, “Compartmentalizes between GO and NGO interventions in the empowerment of Women: A comparative study of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh” supported by ICSSR.




Mr. Nanjundaiah, Secretary of Nisarga Foundation, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of Director of the organization, is a dedicated person to the tribal issues. He has been working with the indigenous communities in the Taluk for the past 25 years. The involvement with the communities has, over a period of time, helped him attain immense knowledge about tribes and their culture. He has been part of several networks including that of tribal self-rule, like Adivasi Solidarity Council, Tribal Joint Action-Karnataka, FEVORD-K, INSAF and Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI).




Trustee of Nisarga Foundation. She belongs to Jenukuruba community and she served as President of Adivasi Women Association which covered 120 Hadis from 1984 to 2000 in H D Kote Taluk. During her service, she actively participated in the field of Adivasi Land Protest, salvation remission, forest rights, education, and women empowerment. She was recognized as Taluk, District, State, and National level Social Activist. She also served as Member of Taluk Panchayath in H D Kote from 2000 to 2005. She received the prestigious Swami Vivekananda Seva Award in 2006.




Trustee- Dilshad started her journey with Nisarga from 1997. Joined as Pre-primary center teacher, she gained experience, learnt about tribal's lifestyle, culture & present situation. Beginning of course it was very difficult & challenging to communicate with the tribal people, a barrier in tribal's language, risk of an attack of animals in the forest no proper transport facilities, as a woman taking care of herself seriously it was risky challenges. Later given training awareness through the organization for the community people, now they know their rights, livelihood, earnings, women participation, especially tribal's involved in agriculture- crop, yield around 100 tunes.


Baburaj P P


Trustee of Nisarga Foundation. He is an advocate since 2001. He was a member of Magistrate of Juvenile Justice Board, Mysuru between 2010-2014 and also a honorary member of District Child Welfare committee, Mysuru (2007-2010). State Coordinator, Citizen's Global Platform Karnataka unit (2013), Deputy Director- SCR, Bhoruka Power Corporation Ltd, Bangalore (2012).


Kishore Udiaver


Kishore has worked in Securities dealing, fund management, client and wealth management, and connected legal and compliance issues for 40 years. Currently working as a Consultant with IIFL Wealth Management Ltd, Bangalore.


Nagarajan Srinivasan


Nagarajan Srinivasan is a proven business executive with over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology and Education industry. He spent most of his formative years in the corporate world in the IT industry. Associate Vice President and Head of Infosys Mysore Development Centre from 2009-2014.Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysore Zone during 2013–2014. He is currently advising and mentoring start-ups and is also an Angel Investor in a few.



Mr. Prabhu, Program Co-ordinator

Prabhu N is a Project co-ordinator at Nisarga Foundation, H D Kote. He completed his Diploma in Computer Science at Mysuru. He has a good experience in accountancy and administration. He have been working with Nisarga Foundation since 10 years. He is a child rights specialist at Nisarga Foundation. He currently resides H D Kote and passionately motivates the people and give awareness about child-related issues.


Mrs. Dilshad

Her journey started from 1997 with NF. Joined as Pre-primary center teacher, she gained experience, learnt about tribal's lifestyle, culture & present situation. Beginning of course it was very difficult & challenging to communicate with the tribal people, barrier in tribal's language, risk of attack of animals in the forest no proper transport facilities, as a women taking care of herself seriously it was risky challenges. Later given training awareness through organization for the community people, now they know their rights, livelihood, earnings, women participation, especially tribal's involved in agriculture- crop, yield around 100 tunes.


Divya M. R., Operations Manager

Divya M R is operational Manager at Nisarga Foundation, H D Kote. She received her B.E. in Computer Science and M. Tech in Networking and Internet Engineering from SJCE, Mysuru. She worked as Software Engineer with Intel India, Bangalore for 3 years. Later she moved to Mysuru and started teaching profession with Kautilya Vidayalaya Mysuru. She also have 1 year of administration experience in BGS institution Mysuru. She is a technical person in Nisarga. She currently resides in Mysuru and she can be reachable at



Childline 1098 Team member working with Nisarga for 10 years. He is specialized in Child Marriage Prevention/Acts.



Childline 1098 team member. working for 10 years with Nisarga. He is an expert in handling Child Labour cases, POCSO Act, Child Rights etc.


Marcelin R Fernandez

Childline 1098 team member. Working with Nisarga for two years. She is good at Child Adoption rules and regulations.


Kanyakumari P

Childline 1098 team member working with Nisarga since 3 months


Shruthi N

Shruthi is an energetic teacher at the National Child labor rehabilitation School.


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In 1996, CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF) launched CHILDLINE, the country's first toll-free tele-helpline for street children in distress. As of March 2015, a total of 36 Million calls since inception have been serviced by CHILDLINE service and operates in 473cities/districts in 35 States/UTs through its network of over 887 partner organizations across India.

CHILDLINE stands for a friendly 'didi' or a sympathetic 'bhaiya' who is always there for vulnerable children 24 hours of the day, 365 days of the year.

Our Vision is, A child - friendly nation that guarantees the rights and protection of all children.

Our Childline project sub center has been implemented in the HD Kote taluk over the past 9 years. Recently, we started two units in Hunsuru and Piriyapattana.

The CHILDLINE awareness and brand strategy is uniform and solidly built on principles of social marketing. It reaches out to children, the Allied Systems, the corporate sector, concerned individuals and thereby the community at large. The aim of creating awareness about CHILDLINE is to ensure CHILDLINE 1098 is the service across the country associated with quality services for child protection.

Awareness and education is given on various subject like child rights, child labor, child abuse, school dropouts, child marriages, POCSO Act 2012 and Childline 1098.

The major issues found in the program were 1) Malnutrition, 2) School dropout children, 3) Child labor and 4) Child/Early marriage.


According to the Government Legislation:

The government had initiated the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme in 1988 to rehabilitate working children in 12 child labour endemic districts of the country.

NCLP project Objective:


    Today, every second tribal child is chronically undernourished. The loss of land and livelihood is a major cause of undernourishment.  Financial and social insecurity aggravates the problem of premature marriages and early pregnancy. For centuries forest nourished them. In the last 40 years, they lost their forest, their habitat, livelihood, and social identity.

Silent Scream: Nutrition crisis among tribal women and children

    H D Kote is one of the backward Taluks of Karnataka and is an abode of Tribal communities in good concentration. Tribal communities such as Jenukuruba, Soliga, yerava, bettakuruba, and Paniyara year were most affected by the displacement. This wrongful displacement of communities, uprooting of ancient and traditional livelihoods and mostly the snatching away of any authority on their own lives and they have been left behind in the dust of the storm.

    Especially Jenukurubas lost their habitat and were evicted from the forest, their food availability became scarce. Malnutrition was high, among the women and children. The nutrition status of Tribal children is much lower since they are displaced from the forest areas for the construction of 3 dams and 2 National parks in this region.  It has been found that natural forest resources play a significant role in determining the nutritional status of tribal children.

    They are being pushed to migrate into newer environments where they arent able to cope up with new livelihoods. The tribal communities vulnerability to food insecurity is further aggravated  since they are denied access to Forest resources.


    Nisarga foundation with its inception wanted to eradicate this silent scream malnutrition among the indigenous people. Nisarga started creating awareness about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious food out of the ingredients available for these tribal people in their own. Nisarga is also providing SPIRULINA nutrition-supplement to pregnant women, lactating mothers and children below 5 years.

    This project covers 50 beneficiaries per one batch, on the basis of physical and mental health of the children; their weight is taken, their alertness, activeness is assessed, mothers feedback is taken.  Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children below the age of 5 are part of this SPIRULINA nutrition supplement project. The results were spectacular in terms of improvement of physical health and weight increase in children.


We express our gratitude to our partners:

1. NCLP- National Child Labor Rehabilitation School- National Child Labor Project- Ministry

2. CHILDLINE-1098, Child Line India Foundation, Government of India.

3. Mission Inde, France

4. Lions Club, Denmark

5. Dhwani Foundation, Bangalore



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Make a generous donation to help us reach more beneficiaries.

Account Number: 83930100011463

Bank: Bank of Baroda

Branch: H D Kote


All donations are eligible for tax savings under 80G.


Belaganahalli, Karnataka


Nisarga Foundation, Henchinamane, Belaganahalli Road, H.D.Kote Taluk Mysuru - 571114


9480168124, 08228-257873


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