Dusty Foot Foundation

Empowers youth through digital technology and education to drive conservation and social change, fostering collaborations and preserving cultural heritage for a sustainable future

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  • Headquarters

    New Delhi, Delhi

Dusty Foot Foundation (DFF) operates as the youth and community outreach arm of Dusty Foot Productions (DFP), a media and communications production ho Read moreuse situated in New Delhi. It endeavours to empower young individuals by harnessing their potential to drive conservation efforts and bring about social change. Through the utilization of digital technology and education, it aims to facilitate the participation of youth in conservation action. This is achieved by fostering collaborations across disciplines and sectors and establishing effective networks involving Government entities, civil society organisations, and community partnerships. The primary objective is to assist young people in reconnecting with their cultural heritage, thereby preserving their natural resources, traditional knowledge, and sustainable practices. Additionally, it seeks to integrate digital communication into these endeavours, facilitating skill development, creating opportunities for aspirational livelihoods, and bolstering local enterprises and economies. Ultimately, the goal is to pave the way for an ecologically secure and sustainable future.

Demographies Served


  • Community Based Eco-Tourism (CBET) in collaboration with Titli Trust and EcoSystems-India

    Within Green Hub Northeast, besides the fellowship programme, significant efforts are directed towards enhancing the alumni network with a specific focus on conservation and livelihoods. As part of this initiative, two locations, namely West Karbi Anglong in Assam and Kiphre in Nagaland, are spearheading community-based eco-tourism endeavours led by Green Hub alumni. The Titli Trust, renowned for establishing successful models in Uttarakhand, is guiding the project, alongside collaboration from EcoSystems-India.

  • The Green Hub Project

    In 2014, Rita Banerji founded The Green Hub Project in collaboration with Northeast Network (NEN). It empowered disadvantaged youth in Northeast India through visual media to drive conservation and social change. The Green Hub Video Fellowships showcased untold stories, highlighting the region's richness and vulnerability. With 88 fellows across 8 states, the project promotes positive change, youth leadership, local entrepreneurship, climate action, sustainability, gender equity, and well-being. The collaboration between Dusty Foot Foundation and North East Network extends to Central India, expanding the successful DFF-Green Hub Fellowships model.

  • Childscapes Programme

    In January 2015, Dusty Foot Foundation (DFF) partnered with PVR Nest's Childscapes programme to provide non-formal education, nutrition, well-being, employability, and skill-building support to at-risk youth and children in Delhi. DFF established five centres, conducted community outreach in Delhi's JJ clusters and factory areas, and trained a dedicated ground team. Workshops on awareness, rights, gender, creative therapy, and exposure visits were organised. Around 4,000 youth and children were connected with the centres in the first two years. Childscapes focuses on holistic development through non-formal education, academic and computer literacy, talent exploration, livelihood skills training, and awareness of rights. It also addresses nutrition, healthcare, substance abuse rehabilitation, and well-being.

  • Green Growth Initiative: Climate Justice & Urban Development

    Dusty Foot Foundation collaborated with the Green Growth Initiative to produce video resources for a Sustainable Urbanism project. These videos were recorded during a workshop supported by the University of East Anglia, Savitribai Phule Pune University, People's Resource Centre, and UNESCO C2C World Natural Heritage Management & Training Centre for the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) DFF-Green Hub: Forest Patrolling Staff

    In each Green Hub batch, there is typically representation from the forest patrolling staff of various wildlife sanctuaries in the Northeast region. This support aims to establish forest studios, providing the fellows with on-location editing stations. The pilot locations for this initiative are the Pakke Tiger Sanctuary and Dampa Tiger Reserve. Additionally, the project seeks to initiate a network of forest frontline staff across the Northeastern region and create a consortium of retired forest frontline staff as a resource persons group.

  • Pilot Implementation of Forest NAMA on Sustainable Fuelwood Management

    The project encompassed forest divisions in four Assam districts: Sonitpur, Nagaon, Cachar, and Dibrugarh. Conducted by TERI and DFF, the project involved household surveys and focus group discussions with forest village households, forest fringe village households, and tea estate labour households. The objective was to understand the energy utilization patterns, including LPG, fuelwood, kerosene, and electricity, among the villagers. Over 72% of Assam's households rely on fuelwood, impacting the environment and the health of women and children. Awareness campaigns featuring street plays were conducted to promote fuelwood-saving technologies like improved cookstoves, LPG, and biogas. The Adivasi tea tribes actively participated in training on improved cookstove production, offering them an alternative livelihood option. Short films and street plays were employed for effective communication outreach.

Leadership Team

  • Rita Banerji

    Founder & Project Director

  • Tisha Srivastava

    Board Member

  • Anjali Khosla

    Board Member


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  • Headquarters

    3/7 Ground Floor, Block 3, Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi, 110016

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    Section 8 (formerly Section 25)

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  • 2018-19

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  • 2019-20

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  • 2020-21

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