On October 2, 1985, Rajendra Singh, a young ayurvedic doctor, sold all his earthly possessions and traveled to the poor state of Rajasthan with a small group of friends. He started a medical practice in the village of Bhikampura but soon realized that the main problem of the local population was the lack of water.
Rajendra Singh mobilized young people through his organization, Tarun Bharat Sangh, and started desiliting traditional rainwater tanks, or johads. He also engaged villagers in building small earthen check dams. When the monsoon arrived, the johads and check dams conserved the water, the water table began to recover, and dry wells started filling again. Once 375 check dams had been built, the Arvari River, which had remained dry for 60 years, started flowing again.
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