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Pipal Tree was established in 1984, as a registered non-profit trust, by a group of sustainable development practitioners and socially engaged thinkers. The programs of the trust attempt to create a symbiosis of the socio-cultural, economic and ecological for the development and empowerment of the poor and marginalized sections of society. The trust firmly believes in non-violent communication and action.

Given the serious challenges posed by the climate crisis, a new vision of sustainable development needs to emerge that underlines both climate mitigation and adaptation to ensure food security, livelihood safeguards, education for marginalized communities, health and nutrition. And all this needs to happen through a participatory process, where the voices of the community are reflected through our programmes. 

We work with adivasi (tribals) and dalit (historically marginalized) communities, rural and peri-urban communities, with government schools and universities, with a specific focus on children, women, community leaders and locally elected panchayat leaders. Furthermore, we engage with international and national networks, policy makers, faith leaders and educators. At the moment, our work majorly is spread across 78 villages and 38 Adivasi hamlets covering a total population of 33,765 in H.D. Kote taluk, Mysore district, Karnataka. Our office is at Fireflies Intercultural Center, Bengaluru area.


Pipal Tree’s vision is to create a symbiosis of the personal, social, economic, cultural and ecological dimensions that lead to sustainable development practices.


The focus is towards empowering and supporting a peaceful, just, creative and climate resilient world for everyone - human and non human - through nonviolent, compassionate and collective action. 

that enable open dialogues, meaningful collaborations and transformative actions

To build collective spaces

to effectively meet their needs and aspirations through participatory processes

To enable marginalized and vulnerable communities

that can inspire and nourish collective action

To co-create, curate and share contextual knowledges

that result in systemic impacts

To contribute towards policy and governance reforms

Our mission at Pipal Tree goes back almost four decades, where we have been committed to  creating positive change through our various programs and initiatives, including education, health and economic empowerment.


Over the last 4 decades, our office and field teams have been composed of dedicated and brilliant individuals who have contributed to our flourishing organisational culture.


Our current team of committed social workers, dreamers, environmental stewards, and bottoms-up change agents that make up our Pipal Tree family include some of these faces:





Our current partners include SOIL Trust (Bengaluru), Biochar network (IBBN, Bengaluru), Rainfed Regenerative Agriculture Network, Deccan Development Sangham (DDS, Hyderabad) for informing our community programs and trainings on soil, food and farming;  Kalpavriksh (Pune) as a strategic partner for our environmental knowledge building and meaningfully resourcing our field programs; Karnataka Soil Conservation Network and Initiatives for New Ecological Community Concerns (INECC, Mumbai) as network partners for knowledge sharing; All India Millet Sisters network (AIMS) for sharing best practices on millet cultivation and supporting women farmers.


At Pipal Tree, we are committed to transparency and accountability. In this section, you will find our financial reports, allowing you to see the impact of your donations. These reports detail our income, expenditures, and program allocations.

We believe that informed donors are empowered donors, and we encourage you to review our financials to gain a deeper understanding of how your support contributes to our mission of empowering underprivileged youth and women in India.
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