The Earth Trust
SECTOR: Environment
SUB SECTOR: Organic Farming
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
% Spent on beneficiaries
Financial Score:
Age: 17 Years
Tax Benefit: 50%
Foreign donations:
Location(s): Tamil Nadu
Issues Addressed:
Safe Food and Sustainable Livelihoods; Optimal Health; Women Empowerment; Tribal Development
Supported by:
India Pesticides; Global Giving (Crowd Funding Platform-USA); Individual Donors
Key Trustees:
Ms. Vanya Orr, Founder
Ms. Malathi Mittal, Member
Dr. Suresh Belliraj, Member
Mr. Ramchandran Kannan, Member
Ms. Schreyas Nair, Member
Ms. Nimmi John, Member
Sector Comparison:
Beneficiary Spend:
Average: 80.9% Highest: 99.4% Lowest: 51.1%
Average: Rs3 cr Highest: Rs36 cr Lowest: Rs2 lac
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Sustainability for landscapes, environment & communities of Nilgiris
  • Crisis: Huge developmental projects such as hydroelectric power projects and agriculture, encroachment of forest lands, intensive felling of forest trees and clearing of shola and grasslands for the creation of tea gardens, etc., unmindful construction and tourism related activities have tilted the ecological balance of the Nilgiris.
  • Programs: The Earth Trust's (TET) mission is to enhance the socio-economic health and wellness of the Hill communities and build a community of 1,000 farmers practicing Organic Farming methods to grow nutritious crops. i) Farming - By motivating, mentoring and monitoring farmers through the entire farming process, TET focuses on the economic viability and sustainability of chemical-free farming. With the track record of working as 'ethical' middlemen, the name Earth Trust has become synonymous with organic farming movement in the Nilgiris. ii) TET's organic Farm - Manaara makes a complete range of composts. iii) Health and Skill Development: Both run in tandem covering three villages in a period of 3 months. The core focus of the Health Program is on achieving optimal health through established local Nutrition, Traditional and Alternate healing Therapies. A basic health program consisting of 12 modules gives information to the women about the sources of illness, hygiene, childcare and nutrition. Under Skill Development, the women are taught skills that have potential for self-employment like sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, other hand work, growing herbs etc.
  • Outcome: There were total 1,500 beneficiaries of the different programs of Earth Trust in FY 2018-19. The farming initiative benefitted 50-60 farmers and 100 women were trained under the Health and Skill Development Program. 1,300 people from 3 villages were beneficiaries of the community programs.
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Source : Audit Report 2018