Profiles of Changemakers: Rajendra Singh


This profile was published as part of Gandhi’s Be Magazine’s #ProfilesofChangemakers series, uplifting the stories, lives, and work of Changemakers who are being the change they wish to see in the world.

Rajendra Singh has come to be known as the “Waterman of India.” Knowing that lack of water could very well be the cause of the Third World War, Singh has been actively engaging communities in leading-edge water conservation efforts that serve as a global model.

Singh has worked with the village Kishori-Bhikampura in Thangagazi these, near the Sariska Tiger Reserve in India to infuse a desert-like area with much needed water management including the use of rainwater collection tanks, restorative damming techniques, and tapping into local aquifers, Singh has helped restore water sources to over 1,000 villages and revived five different rivers that had dried up.

Singh’s method is both affordable and accessible, using an ancient Indian technique for rainwater harvesting to build earthen dams which hold back water during the wet season to seep into the ground and be tapped into later.

Singh was recently awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as “the Nobel Prize for water.” His NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh” serves as a global model and is leading the way for resourcefully preparing for the coming water crisis.

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