Jal Bhagirathi Foundation


Organization Name- Jal Bhagirathi Foundation

Organization Address- Jal Ashram, Air Force Radar Road, Near Kayalana Lake, Bijolai

Organization City- Jodhpur

Organization State- Rajasthan

Organization Zip- 342003

Organization Country- India

Organization Website- www.jalbhagirathi.org

Contact Name- Kanupriya Harish

Contact Title- Project Director

Contact Email- jal@jalbhagirathi.org

Contact Phone- 0291-2751556

Contact Fax-0291-2751557

Contact Mobile-09928038002

Organization Description- Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) is an NGO headed by HH Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur and Rajendra Singh (Magsaysay awardee).The Foundation has been working in the districts of Jodhpur, Barmer and Pali of the Thar Desert (the most densely populated desert in the world) in Western Rajasthan, India. The Foundation works towards strengthening the capacity of distressed desert communities to manage their scarce natural resources, especially water through traditional best practices.

Organization Purpose- JBF's programs, activities and strategies all aim towards one goal: involving, empowering and making the village community self-reliant. The Foundation has adopted a four-pronged strategy to achieve this objective:

  1. Community mobilization through mass contact programs, to catalyze the villages and create public awareness.
  2. Building effective and accountable village water user associations to plan, manage and implement water micro-projects and create community based sustainable water management systems.
  3. Capacity building of the beneficiary community and development of a strong cadre of village volunteers trained in traditional best water management practices.
  4. Advocacy of water rights issues at the Local, State and National level by engaging the Government and the Civil Society through dialogue, workshops, conferences and public meetings

With participation from the community in the form of cash and labor JBF acts as a catalyst and facilitator for the construction and restoration of traditional water harvesting structures (talab- village pond used for drinking water by human and livestock, nadi-pond situated between grasslands, community and school tankas-rainwater harvesting tank) in the Thar desert. The aim is to provide drought relief to a region extremely distressed with repeated droughts and also focus on community driven solutions for long-term drought proofing of the project area. Thus emphasis is laid on an enabling approach against the delivering approach and revival and improvement of traditional water harvesting practices is promoted.

JBF is attempting to empower village level institutions to adopt a pragmatic approach towards development of common property resources, benefits of which will accrue to the entire village community.



 
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