We are invested in the outdoor community and look for opportunities where our grants 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. We hand select our associations and share positivity from our 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:
On the Streets: Bare Essentials for foot hygiene and comfort
Pilot 2020 – 2021: Piloted with Greensole Foundation, Mumbai to understand existing shoe recycling, distribution, and reach to provide footwear to barefooted children. Our pilots involved providing footwear to 900 barefooted children in semi-urban areas of Mumbai and Bangalore. The first distribution of the 2021 year was initiated in February to 300 students in rural areas of Palghar District. In August, to 250 children in Namburdar District.
The average age of children – 9-12 years, Average Family Income: Rupees 20,000 per annum (USD 270)
On the Sports Field: Sports Essentials for student-athletes
Pilot 2020 – 2021: In. November 2020, Piloted with Parikrma Humanity Foundation, Bangalore to provide funds for sports essentials for their growing sports club of 100 student-athletes. In May 2021, funds to provide for COVID second wave Relief in the communities they already are actively engaged with.
In July 2021, we piloted with Aim Sports Foundation, Mumbai to provide funds for their Covid relief initiatives of textbooks and tablets to students they are already engaged with, in rural Maharashtra.
Into Greater Outdoors: Connecting youth to the natural world
Pilot 2020 – 2021: There are no pre-existing outdoor organizations that we know of yet in India that run non-profit programs that connect youth to the greater outdoors/nature through adventure sport. In Sept 2020, We teamed up with Xtremetrekkers, an Adventure Tourism firm founded by Prateek Khardekar, as our hosts for our trekking pilots.
In September 2020 we did Trek experience giveaways to encourage outdoor enthusiasts and to build awareness around Footnote’s initiative committed to encouraging & supporting greater outdoor activities.
In November 2020, we 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.
In March 2021, we Introduced free guided treks for 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. We Thank Xtremetrekkers for the continued collaboration in our pathfinding approach.
In August 2021, we piloted our first camping initiative, hosted by Camp Splendour.