Jal Saheli Model

Jal Saheli Model

Jal Saheli is Parmarth’s most successful model to engage the community women in seeking water rights, improving water conservation & restoration.


The Jal Saheli’s are responsible for carrying forward the water security agenda and provide leadership towards collective assertion for water rights & entitlements, including government schemes, through processes such as awareness generation. In this way, the Jal Saheli engages the community in village water development as well as preparation of water user master plan. She also does liaising with panchayat, government and politicians and raises water issues at village level.

Journey of Jal Saheli Cadre

organization has first introduced in April 2011 in 96 villages of three districts – Jalaun, Hamirpur and Lalitpur currently selected more than 1100 Jal sahelis in 6 districts (Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur)
The Jal Saheli model of Parmarth is now recognized as the best NGO model by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Union Government. Today, our Jal Sahelis have made at least 100 Bundelkhand villages water sufficient despite the dry weather condition in the region.

Impact of Jal Sahelis’ Work

  • 216new water bodies created and revivedthrough their support
  • Over 1000 water bodies constructed through convergence
  • Over 3 Lakh People are made aware of Water Conservation Practices
  • The Jal Sahelis are instrumental in hand pump repairing and their installation for resolving drinking water crisis in 300 plus villages

Awards& Recognition

The Jal Sahelis are recognized nationally and internationally for their admirable work

Water Warriors Award 2023 - Jal Saheli Ganga Rajpoot Awarded by the President of INDIA

Water Warriors Award 2023 - Jal Saheli Geeta Devi Awarded by Hon'ble Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji mentioned about Jal Saheli’s work in Man ki Bat

Jal Prahari Award 2019–8 Jal Sahelis were awarded with Jal Prahari award by Hon’ble Gajendra Singh Shekhavat, Minister, Jal Shakti Ministry, GoI

Water Conservation Contribution 2012 – Jal Sahelis received this award for outstanding work in Water Conservation

HT Women Award 2015 –Awarded to Jal Saheli Anuja Devi by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

Water Women Award 2019 – Awarded to Jal Saheli Babitaon International Women’s Day by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodiyaji

Water Champion Award 2021- Jal Saheli Geeta Devi &Imrati Devi were awarded by UNDP

Jal Saheli Neelam Jha Awarded by UN Association for Water Conservation Work

Jal Shakti Abhiyan "Catch the Rain Award" 2023 - Jal Saheli Sharda Banshkar Awarded by the president of INDIA
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