"The dedicated work of the trust has turned rainy-streams into perennial rivers, 14 villages into Crorpati, and 25 villages as Lakhpati. Mrs. Ruia is called a "Water Mother" by the villagers where she works." GRI, Jan 2012 issue
Mrs. Amla Ruia
This name is well known to people in India working on water harvesting projects in India. Born in Uttar Pradesh, she grew up in a very simple and disciplined way with a high focus on literature and spirituality. Along with her tireless devotion to working with those less fortunate, she is also a gifted poet, songwriter, artist and spiritual teacher of the Gita. She currently lives with her family in Mumbai.
She founded the Aakar Charitable Trust to establish models of Integrated Development of villages and their economy. The main objective of the Trust is the protection of natural sources such as water, vegetation and soil as well as the promotion of dynamic education. The major activity they undertake is the community-based development of rainwater harvesting in the state of Rajasthan.
The organization has been fortunate to receive the able guidance of Sri Rajendra Singh Ji, Magsaysay awardees who has been the inspiring force for water harvesting.
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