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October 4, 2009

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October 4, 2009

I am a teacher at a school in the Netherlands, we have students who have learning problems. For us it is important to do something for a good couse, but it is also important for us to learn our student something about why it is so important to help others. We came in contact with two great people from the USA who spend all their time in Birma. There they have the organisation Thirst Aid. They build factories where locals make water filters. With every filter they produce, they save lives, because it means clean water to drink! We receive at our school pictures, posters, e-mails and so on and so on, and with those materials we teach our students about Birma, the problem with the drinking water and what Thirst Aid does to help the people there. Every year for the last three years we raise money around Christmas, all the students raise money, and we send it to Thirst Aid, and so we help them help others. Through the personal contact with Thist aid, this really means something to our students and teachers and it motivates us to do everything we can to help them. Last year we welcomed one of the founders of Thirst aid at our school and he thanked all the students in person! He came in to every class and showed his film and pictures he took in Birma, and our students were so proud they could help! It was really great and we promise to go on raising money for this great organisation and their great volunteers!! Elske The Netherlands

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen pictures and film and I've seen what great work they do for people who need clean water!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

We have personal contact, we get informed by e-mail and by post. We even got visited at our school, all the way in the Netherlands!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great people!! I have the at most respect for them!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save so many more lives, every child and adult that has clean water in stead of dirty, dangerous water is a live saved!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 3, 2009

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October 3, 2009

I first met Cathy and Curt Bradner when they moved to Eugene in 2005. They previously traveled around the world on a tandem bicycle and landed in a Thai refugee camp where they saw a need for safe water. Using ingenuity they found a way to use pottery water filters made by locals. The project has grown at an amazing rate and after spreading to Myanmar, they now have eight factories employing over 150 people. The Bradners live simply and have devoted their lives to saving other.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Bradners keep in touch with their donors and friends and each email tells amazing stories of their progress.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is a relatively new project and it is growing at a reasonable pace. I would not change anything, other than to hope their financial support increases.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seldom does one have the opportunity to personally know and appreciate the devotion and sacrifice made by a couple of Americans who saw a need and have done something about it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I know and appreciate the Bradners and their daughter Bree who have worked so hard to make Thirst-Aid a success.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I believe the Bradners have the knowledge and energy to spread their educational program (Thrist-Ed) about why safe water is necessary and teach the building of the filters to many more areas of the world.

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My experience could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

So far, working with one of the world's most difficult and repressive regimes in Myanmar has been a challenge. As their work may spread to other countries, the politics may become easier.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Bradners are two of the most devoted and unselfish people I have ever met. They desire no creature comforts. They travel light and often to meet this critical need for safe water.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 3, 2009

Thirst-Aid gets right in with the people. You won't find them staying at a resort or even renting cars. They deliver right to the people. When they showed up after the Tsunami disaster. They found a village home that was willing to let them rent a space for very little money. They walk or ride a bike. This puts them in a position to really know what a village needs and who the true leaders of a village are. Can't go wrong donating to Thirst=Aid. Sharon MacConnach

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Money you send gets spent like you hope it would.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Educate a huge segment of the population on how to have safe affordable drinking water.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 3, 2009

We know the founders of Thirst-Aid, Curt and Cathy Bradner for more than 25 years. It started with a bottle of wine on a French campground in 1991, continued with Colorado beer during long discussions about how to improve the world in 1994 and led to common water bottle replenishing during a 1999 bike trip in Europe. We have seen the Bradners go to Mynmar and establish Thirst-Aid from scratch in the desire to do something good for the local people. Their vision to make sure also the poor should have easy access to reasonably pure water has been like an obsession. They have developed adequate technology, built kilns and production lines, established relationships and appropriate education to help out with their skills and their energy. While WHO is discussing a human rights-based approach to water Thirst-Aid has already delivered in numerous cases. The technology of locally produced ceramic filters has a great future, please support the organization if you also want to improve the world!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

- every dime donated is well spent - driven by desire to help - down-to-earth approach with appropriate technology - adaptation to local environment and needs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

- absolute integrity - completely unselfish - persevering - ingenious technical skills

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 3, 2009

Thirst-Aid is an incredibly resourceful organization set up by two wonderful people. These folks create jobs at their in-country water filter plants, then educate people about the benefits of drinking clean water. Only after the proper groundwork is in place do they distribute these ingenious filters that can keep a family in clean water for many years at a very reasonable cost. This organization delivers the most impact for the least amount of money by creating local opportunity, delivering education and finally ensuring families drink clean, pathogen free water.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Myanamar

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, friendly and intelligent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Simply deliver on the promise of clean water to almost all rural families in Myanmar

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Educating Americans about their processes

One thing I'd also say is that...

Money donated to Thirst-Aid goes a long way to promoting good health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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