Thirst Relief international's mission is simple.
We want to put ourselves out of business by ENDING thirst, SAVING lives and CHANGING the world.
In order to keep costs low and impact high we have chosen to operate under a partnership model. This means that we have carefully and methodically selected the very best ground partners around the world to execute the mission to end thirst. All of our current partners have been with us for many years, some from the very beginning. We have long history, accountability, and deep trust. Through our established grant system and correlating reporting we can accurately account for how your donations have maximum efficacy and impact at the lowest cost possible.
Without our ground partners in the field, living and serving among the people who desperately need clean, drinking water, it would be impossible to do what we do at such a low cost. Our partners actually know the people that they live among and serve. And we have personal relationship with these partners. Without relationship and compassion it is difficult to meet long-term needs in a sustainable way.
It is our honor and privilege to work alongside our partners to serve some of the poorest people in the world. Clean water is the cornerstone of the building block of health. Without health you can’t build a business, provide for a family and get an education.
We don’t try to cover things with a bandaid or treat the symptoms we are actively creating the long term solutions that literally save lives and change the world.
Did you know that about 4 million people lack safe drinking water even though they live in the Amazon river basin? We work closely with the indigenous peoples, delivering BSF by river boats. Biosand Filters help remove harmful parasites, viruses and bacteria found in the river water and give them fresh hope!
15 million people in Tanzania live off of less than $1 a day. Most people die before the age of 50. A huge part of the population is forced to use contaminated rivers as a water source, leading to a massive amount of water-borne disease. Our partners in Tanzania are distributing Biosand filters to affected villages every month to attempt to meet the need for clean water.
Western Kenya has Biosand Filter Centers where we serve many different Kenyan communities. In addition, RWHT and Borehole Well repairs are commonly needed. Job creation alongside each project is a primary goal.
Uganda is rebuilding after two decades of civil war, when more than 1.6 million people were internally displaced (80% of which were women and children). Many of the population still reside in refugee camps because of this displacement. Many of our water projects are implemented within these refugee camps. The Hub Center in Kampala Uganda provides a broad range of services from farming, sanitation and efficient living education to water projects.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
One of the poorest nation's on the planet with a per capita income almost half of the nearby nations. Millions of Congolese suffer from waterborne diseases. Biosand Filters are our preferred method here. Additional threats and unstable economy require additional funding.
India is a country of great diversity, with a population of more than one billion people living in an area slightly larger than one-third the size of the United States. In spite of India’s rapidly growing economy and high-tech workforce, many of its rural people still struggle with extreme poverty and no access to safe water. 900,000 people die each year in India from water related illnesses.