What if a solution to the water crisis was right under your feet?
Instead of creating new water we clean existing water.
We don’t save lives. We show people how to save their own.
Teaching people how to “wash their water” and take responsibility for their own health = Empowerment.
Thirst Aid is about saving and building lives. An organization that began as a heartfelt mission to provide vocational training in refugee camps has become a full fledged global project to develop stable and sustainable economic development around health, wellness and clean water.
It’s a simple mission. Safe water for everyone.
1 in 6 people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water – the abundant supply of water around them may as well be poison. And we cannot talk about water without talking about poverty – 2/3 of all people without safe water live on less than $2 a day. Solving this water crisis will go a long way to solving the poverty crisis.
Digging wells is one part the solution, and an important one. In regions that have no resources, there is a dire need for water. The huge challenge however is that once they have the water, there is still no education for how to use it, and wells become quickly contaminated from the moment they are built. Thirst-Aid filters are a requirement for filtering well water, AND water from rivers and dams, all highly contaminated and unsafe for drinking until treated / filtered.
For those fortunate enough to have adequate surface water, Thirst-Aid teaches these populations how to conserve and maintain these precious resources so that they’ll remain clean and plentiful for future generations.
How are filters the solution? The revival of a lost art and vanishing villages of potters – Thirst Aid has designed an effective water filter that can easily be made with local technology, indigenous potters and homegrown natural resources
Since 2003, Thirst Aid has brought the tools to supply safe drinking water to the most at-risk populations on the planet. From providing education, to designing natural filters, to building sustainable local economies: we don’t set out to save lives, we aspire to teach people in the developing world how to save their own.
To date, thanks to the support of Thirst-Aid donors, over 1.75 million people have received the tools to wash their water, tens of thousands of lives have been saved, and many are now entrepreneurs, thriving in their community as safe water educators, water filter sales men and women, clean water shop owners, factory owners, potters, and other relevant and well paying jobs that support health, wellness, and clean water for all.
What was supposed to be a summer bicycling trip through Southeast Asia for Curt & Cathy Bradner, became three months in Myanmar. Which became a year. Which became six. They stayed because they saw an immediate need, and felt that with the resources available, there was no reason that so many should suffer illness and death from something as easily preventable as waterborne diseases.
Curt and Cathy Bradner came to Myanmar as visitors, but stayed as engineers. With their background in engineering and microeconomics, they quickly discovered that a sustainable solution was right under their feet.
The approach? Thinking outside of the bottle.
The solution? Ceramic pots molded out of red earth and ground rice husks, which together have the antimicrobial properties to filter out 99% of harmful agents in the local water supply. Thirst Aid trains local artisans to create these ceramic filters using the skills they already have and keeping Myanmar’s tradition of pottery alive. They also educate mothers on safe hygiene and creates small business opportunities for villagers to sell filters and filtered water within their own communities.
Welcome to a sustainable system: Returns not just for the planet (no more burning wood to boil water), but for perpetuating education and empowering local people to lead their community into longer, healthier lives.