Partner Profile: Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS)
Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS) is a non-profitable environmental NGO based in Rajasthan. Dr Rajendra Singh – known as the ‘Water Man of India’ – has been the chairman of TBS since 1985.
TBS was established in 1975 and has been involved in campaigns for water harvesting, environmental conservation, rural education and health and anti-ill-legal mining, water literacy campaigns, etc. By building a series of Johads, the TBS tried to revive the traditional method of rainwater harvesting. TBS has built over 10,000 rainwater harvesting structures to date. In many Alwar district villages, the remarkable transformation brought about by TBS ‘ efforts is clear.
TBS has worked over the period of 44 years to revive dry rivulets by strengthening local communities contact. The community’s collective participation remained fruitful in bringing happiness to the community’s life. The aim of the activities are as under:
- Construction of rainwater harvesting structures (RWHS);
- Finding a balance between humans and natural resource conservation;
- Reducing the drudgery for women having to walk to collect water;
- Helping communities to articulate their priorities for natural resource development, and to find solutions;
- Control and enhancement over community resources by encouraging women to make key decisions for watershed development and forest conservation.