With more than 700 beneficiaries, NISARGA works towards integrated socio-economic development of primitive tribal communities in and around 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 legal literacy. We also implement various programmes in collaboration with government departments and development organisations at taluk and district levels, including Sarva Sikshana Abhiyan (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.


To enhance the quality of life of tribal community.


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.




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.


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.


Prabhu N

Secretary/Executive Director

Mr. Prabhu N, 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 10 years. His involvement with the communities has, over a period of time, helped him attain immense knowledge about tribes and their culture. He is a young, dynamic person who is an expert in financial aspects, strategic planning, and Child related issues (Child labour, child marriage, JJ Act).



Mr. Prabhu, Executive Director


Prabhu N is an Executive Director 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 has been working with Nisarga Foundation for 10 years. He is a child rights specialist at Nisarga Foundation. He currently resides in H D Kote and passionately motivates the people and gives awareness about child-related issues.


Divya M. R., Program Co-ordinator & Operations Manager


Divya M R is program coordinator of Adivasi Susthira Abhivruddhi yojana and 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. She is passionate about tribal developmental activities. She is a technical person at Nisarga. She currently resides in Mysuru and she can be reachable at divyamr6@gmail.com.




Adivasi Susthria Abhivruddhi team member. working for 12 years with Nisarga. He has good knowledge of the Forest Rights Act 2006 and working hard for the implementation of FRA in 5 Hadi.


Chikkathimmanayka, Program Co-ordinator


Program Co-ordinator of Childline 1098. He is been working with the Nisarga Foundation for 12 years and all-rounder of the Nisarga Foundation. He expert in Child related acts, POCSO Act, Child marriage, and Child abuse.


Marcelin R Fernandez


Adivasi Susthira Abhivrudhi team member. Worked with Nisarga for 4 years. She is good at advocacy and lobby work, she is a multitalented team member with good rapport with the community people.


Kanyakumari P


Childline 1098 team member working with Nisarga for 3 years. She also works as a office assistant.

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Kumari C


Kumari is an aspiring tribal volunteer working in Adivasi Susthira Abhivruddhi Yojane as a volunteer of 5 tribal hamlets. She has completed her Graduation in Arts and very enthusiastic to work on tribal development activities.



Mahadeva is well experience tribal staff working for Adivasi Susthira Abhivruddhi Yojana. He has a good rapport with tribal communities, Govt departments

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Jyothi H R


Jyothi is a Childline team member working with Nisarag Foundation for 3 months. She has a good experience in SHG formation.

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Nirmala A C


Nirmala is a Childline team member and working as a Spirulina project lead. She has been working in Childline for 3 months.


We express our gratitude to our partners:

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

2. CHILDLINE-1098, ChildLine India Foundation, Government of India.

3. Mission Inde, France

4. Lions Club, Denmark

5. Supreem Pharmaceuticals, Nanjangudu

6. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Bangalore

7. Kluber Lubrication, Bangalore

8. Titan India, Bangalore


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.


    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 of 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 on 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.


Adivasi Susthira Abhivruddhi Yojana

Adivasi Susthira Abhivruddi Yojana is a right-based, community-based project with a duration of 3 years funded by Azim Premji Philanthropic initiatives, Bangalore. The main aim of the project is to achieve  100% implementation of the Forest Rights Act-2006, (individual and community rights) in 20 Hadis and make tribal people sustainable with natural resources.  To enable the tribals to understand the rights which are made for them for the sustainable development of Adivasi people by using forest products.<o:p></o:p>

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Media Coverage of Nisarga Foundation Activities


Nisarga Events calendar(Jan-June 2021)

Spirulina Nutrition Supplement Program

January -2021February-2021March-2021April -2021May-2021June-2021

1. Home visit

2. Providing Spirulina nutrition capsule 

3. Parents meeting

4. Awareness of the use of Nutritional food and Polio

5. Monthly weight update in Goonjan

1. Seemantha Program for pregnant ladies of the program

2. Home visit and case study

3. Providing Spirulina nutrition capsule

4. Weight checking and reporting

5. Monthly weight update in Goonjan

1. Distribution of Nutrition powder

2. Health awareness program

3. Providing Spirulina Nutrition capsules

4. Preparing a monthly report, before after-report and 6-month report sent to Donor.

5. Selection of 15th batch children

1. Distribution of Nutrition powder

2. Health awareness program

3. Providing Spirulina Nutrition capsules

4. Awareness of the use of Nutritional food and vaccination

5. Updating new beneficiary data in Goonjan

6.  Weight checking and reporting

1. Distribution of Nutrition powder

2. Health awareness program

3. Providing Spirulina Nutrition capsules

4. Awareness of the use of Nutritional food and vaccination

5.  Weight checking and reporting

1. Distribution of Nutrition powder

2. Health awareness program

3. Providing Spirulina Nutrition capsules

4. Awareness of the use of Nutritional food and vaccination

5.  Weight checking and reporting


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