Paani Foundation was set up in 2016 by the core team of the ‘Satyamev Jayate’ TV show, with the mission of making rural Maharashtra drought-free and prosperous. For decades, drought has severely affected thousands of villages in the state. However, this is not just a natural calamity. It is a crisis largely caused by humans – by poor management of water and rapid destruction of nature.

If we can create such a problem, we can solve it too.

At Paani Foundation, our work is geared towards creating a people’s movement to tackle drought. We mobilise, train and motivate villages to lead this fight.

From 2016 to 2019, we hosted the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, a competition in which thousands of villages participated to do the best work in water and soil conservation. Bolstered by its success, we launched the Satyamev Jayate Samruddha Gaon Spardha in 2020, a larger competition aimed at transforming rural ecology and the rural economy.

Paani Foundation was set up in 2016 by the core team of the ‘Satyamev Jayate’ TV show, with the mission of making rural Maharashtra drought-free and prosperous. For decades, drought has severely affected thousands of villages in the state. However, this is not just a natural calamity. It is a crisis largely caused by humans – by poor management of water and rapid destruction of nature.

If we can create such a problem, we can solve it too.

At Paani Foundation, our work is geared towards creating a people’s movement to tackle drought. We mobilise, train and motivate villages to lead this fight.

From 2016 to 2019, we hosted the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, a competition in which thousands of villages participated to do the best work in water and soil conservation. Bolstered by its success, we launched the Satyamev Jayate Samruddha Gaon Spardha in 2020, a larger competition aimed at transforming rural ecology and the rural economy.

Key Aspects

Key Aspects

Fostering SOCIAL UNITY and breaking barriers

Providing KNOWLEDGE and TRAINING on boosting village ecology and economy

Motivating citizens to take OWNERSHIP of their problem and solve it themselves

“Five years ago, we started with a small dream. The dream was that if people united and worked as one, Maharashtra would become drought-free. In 2016, there were 116 villages working to become water-abundant. By 2019, over 4,700 villages joined the movement. People worked relentlessly and shattered barriers of gender, politics, class, religion and caste. Moving forward, we envision a future where Maharashtra’s citizens can create the villages of their dreams; where we can restore our environment and ensure greater financial security. We invite you to join this water revolution.”

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Founders, Paani Foundation

Founders' Message

“Five years ago, we started with a small dream. The dream was that if people united and worked as one, Maharashtra would become drought-free. In 2016, there were 116 villages working to become water-abundant. By 2019, over 4,700 villages joined the movement. People worked relentlessly and shattered barriers of gender, politics, class, religion and caste. Moving forward, we envision a future where Maharashtra’s citizens can create the villages of their dreams; where we can restore our environment and ensure greater financial security. We invite you to join this water revolution.”

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao
Founders, Paani Foundation

Impact

Villages participating in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup have shown how a people’s movement can transform landscapes as well as mindsets. In just four years, thousands of citizens have emerged as water heroes and community leaders.

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capacity created

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people trained

Impact

Villages participating in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup have shown how a people’s movement can transform landscapes as well as mindsets. In just four years, thousands of citizens have emerged as water heroes and community leaders.

0 Bn

litres of water storage
capacity created

0 K+

people trained

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