Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS) is a voluntary organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act of Rajasthan. Established in Jaipur in 1975, TBS was initiated by a group of professors & students of University of Rajasthan.
But the real journey of TBS started on 2nd October 1985, when a battery of four youths charged to transfer it from urban to rural India. They started with a mission to move the people out of their feeling of helplessness in the face of the ravages of nature and an indifferent administration.
Four youths including Rajendra Singh (present chairman) inspired by Gandhian model of rural-development went to live in a village of Alwar district of Rajasthan for rural uplift. They started a school for children but soon got very depressed seeing no response from villagers. Three of them left thinking nothing can be done.
However, even though Rajendra Singh was depressed, but he was not willing to give up. In this mood of desperation, a wise old man of the village consoled him by saying “...you have not understood what is needed here. we want WATER first. you need to build Johad so that the water does not run away but is held back to percolate in to the ground...”
Rest is history now...
Once the first small Johad (traditional rain water harvesting structure) was ready, the villagers saw water and below it the ecology changed in the very next monsoon. For Tarun Bharat Sangh, it became an approach of rural-development through restoring the ecology for better food production, vegetation rejuvenation and river restoration.