July 10, 2008
Donation Helps Expand Water Well Work in Darfur
AUSTIN, Texas, July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirst No More, an Austin-based humanitarian organization, has received a major donation from Weatherford International to expand its relief work in the Darfur region of Sudan. The donation includes a large cash grant, along with an in-kind grant of vehicles, furniture, office equipment and shipping containers.
The non-profit group plans to use the donation to expand its operations in Darfur, where it has been rehabilitating water wells since 2006.Stephen Miller, who leads Thirst No More, recently spent seven weeks in Sudan meeting with the organization's staff, touring various relief sites, organizing upcoming efforts and working with Sudanese officials.
"I'm really excited about what this grant will ultimately mean to countless people who need clean drinking water," Miller said.
"It's the kind of gift that can catapult an organization like ours into doing bigger and better things in a region of the world where lives are at stake every day," he added.
Over the past year and a half, Thirst No More has restored 60 water wells in Darfur, which represents enough of the natural resource for approximately 100,000 people.
The organization also recently obtained a drilling rig that can reach depths of up to 800 feet. One new well can potentially provide safe, clean water for a minimum of 1,500 people plus their livestock and crops.
"Our work is designed to serve entire communities - improving health conditions and enhancing the viability of the things that support life," Miller said.
Thirst No More has previously led humanitarian efforts in Asia, Russia and the Americas, including relief work in Thailand following the tsunami in December 2004. More information is available at http://www.thirstnomore.org/.
Weatherford's Senior VP, Burt Martin, worked with Thirst No More's Miller to coordinate the gift.
"I'm confident that Stephen and his team will be able to quickly utilize the resources in a manner that positively affects the lives of many people," Martin said.
Weatherford is one of the largest global providers of innovative mechanical solutions, technology and services for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry. Weatherford operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide.
Thirst No More
CONTACT: Stephen Miller of Thirst No More, +1-512-382-4318; or ChristineMcGee of Weatherford International, +1-713-386-8964
Web Site: http://www.thirstnomore.org/