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Thirst-Aid
October 26, 2009

Thirst-Aid is an amazing grassroots organization. In 2008 they managed the single largest ceramic water filter emergency response in the world in response to cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. This organization is about empowering and enabling people to help themselves. Education, empowerment, innovation and integration. Please check them out next time you really want your support to make a difference in the world.

Ways to make it better...

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

hire a US based executive director, help build an active, engaged board of directors, plan and build one or two regular fund raising events per year.

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

seeing the concrete changes and improvements in the lives of the people that Thirst-Aid works with. Thirst-Aid uses eduction, local industry, and social marketing to create sustainable behavior change and improve the quality of life for the people serve.

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

Dedicated, hard working, passionate. The people who work for and with Thirst-aid want to change the world, one sip at a time!

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

Not only deliver safe water education and technology to every at risk person in Myanmar, it could begin satellite programs in five other at risk countries expanding its successful intervention model across the globe.

Ways to make it better...

Thirst-Aid was bigger and had a larger us based staff. The majority of the staff is in Myanmar which can make communication difficult on important matters. This is beginning to change though.

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

size, location, and as always, money. Thirst-aid could use a major grant to take its programs to the next level.

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

Despite its small size Thirst-Aid gets amazing results by utilizing the local population, networks and by taking calculated risks in the field. Thirst-Aid has shown over and over that it is the little aid organization that CAN!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & US Development Director in charge of marketing/publicity.