Jal Bhagirathi Foundation

JBF was established as a nonprofit organization on 15 January 2002 in response to the burgeoning water crises facing the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan, Western India, and the vast potential for participatory water management as a path to water security.

Key Figures


Beneficiaries with Water Security and Sanitation


Villages Covered by Our Programs


Water Harvesting Structures Revived


Million Litres Harvested Each Year


Homes Equipped with Toilets


Hectares of Land Reclaimed

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A UNDP initiative, the award recognizes 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Out of 1,461 nominations from 126 countries for the Equator Prize 2015, JBF was selected as a finalist.
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Awarded in recognition of the Foundations work in water and environment conservation in Rajasthan. The award programme was organized by Maharashtra Vikas Kendra, Pune along with Global Centre for Water Science, Research and Technology.
Spirit of Humanity Awards is an initiative by AmeriCares to identify and honor excellence by individuals and NGOs working for the underprivileged.
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Received award from the Governor of Gyeongbuk Mr. Kim in Daegu&Gyeongbuk city of Republic of Korea. JBF submitted paper titled Rain for Life and was awarded The Best solution in water showcase for presenting the most creative implementation case study. The award came with a plaque and a cash prize of Korean won 30,000,000(USD 30,000).
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The annual Water for Life Best Practices Award by UN aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015, by recognizing outstanding best practices to ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. The nomination was done under the category titled Best Water Management Practices and has been adjudged 3rd rank in the award.
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Joint winner under the thematic area Environment for its impact oriented work in reviving and constructing water harvesting structures in more than 450 villages of Thar Desert. The award was adjudicated on the bases of field evaluation done by Chief News Editor of Times of India-Jaipur Edition This award aims to recognize the work towards saving the environment and empowerment of people.
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The HSBC India funded JBF project Water Resource Management for adaptation to climate change through community action in the Thar Desert was cited for its scalable, corporate-driven climate adaptation approach.
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Awarded for promoting rainwater harvesting in the Marwar region under the Best Water NGO - Water Harvesting category.
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Awarded in recognition of the Foundations work in water and environment conservation in Rajasthan. The State level award was given to the Foundation by the Governor of Rajasthan HE Margaret Alva.
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Awarded for the work carried out on Environment, Water and Biodiversity Conservation.
Awarded for the efforts in the conservation of the traditional water resources.
Our Partners
Wells for India
Excellent Pioneers of sand Dams
European Union.
The Asia Foundation