Tarun Bharat Sangh is a non-profitable environmental, non-governmental organization, with headquarter in Bheekampura, Alwar, Rajasthan. It was founded in 1975 in Jaipur by a group of students and professors from the University of Rajasthan. In 1985 the course of the organization changed when four young members from this organization went to live in the rural area of Alwar to teach rural children and do rural development. Of those four, Rajendra Singh stayed when the other three left. He asked the local people about their basic necessity and he found that they needed easier access to water. So, with the help of villagers he organized the building of a johad, which is a traditional rainwater storage tank. Dr Rajendra Singh is also now known as Water man of India, is serving as chairman of this reputed organization since 1985.
This organisation has built on existing cultural traditions of the village communities and successes to create an understanding and ethos of integrated ecosystem development. At present the contribution of the organisation is spread around in 1000 villages of 15 districts in the state of Rajasthan. The organisation has also been part of rejuvenating and enlivening 11 rivers in the state of Rajasthan namely, Ruparel, Sarsa, Arvari, Bhagani, Jahajwali, Shabi, and establishment of about 11,800 johads. As a consequence of these contributions the organisation was awarded with “Stockholm water Prize” in 2015. Presently, it’s focus rests upon access to water by rejuvenation of water resources, tackling issues like human and wildlife conflicts, and combating the mining mafias for the benefit of the indigenous communities.
Major Objectives of Tarun Bharat Sangh
Community participation is the main strength through which this organization carries out development programmes. Major objectives can be listed as below:
- Finding a balance between human and natural resource development.
- Ensuring women participation in the process of decision making.
- Improvement of the level of education in the community.
- Incorporation of better health facilities to create healthy
- Energizing human power, especially youth power, to harness energy to value-based work.
Strategic Themes of Tarun Bharat Sangh
As this organization gets strength by local its strategy gradually categorized into five themes, which are as follows:
- The effort has to be collective one from the community in which all would benefit proportionately from the improvement that would be planned.
- The collective wisdom could be conceived in an atmosphere where informal communication took place, and every one had an equal opportunity to be heard.
- All decisions would be strictly enforced, and the community would be its own self- disciplinarian.
- Each person in the collective community would be individually responsible to carry out the tasks.
- The community would only use outside help as a catalyst for their guidance and for the facilitation of the work processes.