We are invested in the outdoor community and look for opportunities where our funds and resources can have a significant impact on any given initiative. With this mindset, we choose to work with organizations where the focus on outdoor activities *and* their measurable benefits to their micro-community is fundamental. Being involved is crucial to our understanding of associated dependencies in the outdoor ecosystem and in raising awareness of the same. We hand select our associations and share positivity from the collaborations and community through our social presence.
How are we making it happen?
Our approach with every initiative is pilot-project based to first establish medium to long term feasibility, as well as a trusting and mutually productive working relationship. Developing work and organizations we are engaged with:
On the Streets: Bare Essentials for foot hygiene and comfort
Pilot: 2020: Piloted with Greensole Foundation, Mumbai to understand shoe recycling, distribution, and reach. Our pilots involved providing 561 barefooted children in semi-urban areas of Mumbai and Bangalore.
Pilot: 2021: Mapping interior Zilla Parishad Schools in the state of Maharastra to provide footwear to barefooted children. The first distribution of the year was initiated in Feb 2021 to 300 students in Palghar District. Our Thank you to GreenSole for the continued collaboration.
On the Sports Field: Sports Essentials for student-athletes
Pilot: 2020: Piloted with Parikrma Humanity Foundation, Bangalore to provide funds for sports essentials to their growing sports club of 100 student-athletes.
Pilot: 2021: Work in progress and looking forward to it!
Into Greater Outdoors: Connecting youth to the natural world
Pilot: 2020: There are very few pre-existing outdoor organizations running non-profit programs of this nature. We teamed up with Xtremetrekkers, an Adventure Tourism firm founded by Prateek Khardekar, as our hosts for trekking pilots. Piloted Greater Outdoor Experiences feasibility through:
(1) Trek experience giveaways to encourage outdoor enthusiasts and to build awareness around Footnote’s initiatives.
(2) Sponsored Trek Leadership training conducted by Xtremetrekkers for one qualifying youth to pilot opening up paths to short or long-term employment in the outdoor community.
Pilot: 2021: Introduced a free monthly trekking program to students and first-time trekkers in and around the Pune region who are enthusiastic to participate in a trek or camp for the first time with expert guidance or skill up existing or new technical skills. Our Thank you to Xtremetrekkers for the continued collaboration in our pathfinding approach.