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
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.
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
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!
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.