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Review for Thirst-Aid, Broomfield, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ways to make it better...

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?


Role:  Donor & I first purchased art from the refugee camps to help support the projects and later became a donor.