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About Us


Learn about Initiative: Eau

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About Us


Learn about Initiative: Eau

Our mission

Initiative: Eau is committed to providing sustainable support to regions experiencing lack of access to clean water and a need for improved sanitation.  

OUR VISION

A world with universal access to safe water and sanitation.

OUR VALUES

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transparency

in all aspects of our operation, especially with regard to our financial activities

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ingenuity

in the design of our programs, always looking for opportunities for improvement

respect

of local ways of life while carrying-out activities to fulfill our mission

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equitability

in how we work, providing aid regardless of age, sex, race, religion, and sexual orientation
 

Our Recognitions

Our Story


Learn about how we transformed from a series of road races to an international NGO

Our Story


Learn about how we transformed from a series of road races to an international NGO

In April 2010, co-founders Donald Brooks and Christina Long learned of water scarcity during a presentation at their high school in central Maine by the BARKA Foundation.  BARKA discussed the reality that millions around the world are without access to clean water and basic sanitation was brought to their attention.  For both, it was a call to action.  They started what would become Initiative: Eau.

  • September 2010

    Our co-founders were compelled to act to help see an end to the Water Crisis. They organized the first annual Peace, Water, and Wisdom (PWW) Race in Bangor, ME to support water project in Burkina Faso.

  • October 2011

    The PWW Race quickly grew into the Peace, Water and Wisdom Race Series as Christina and D.J. helped to organize a second event in the town of Marblehead, Massachusetts.

  • July 2013

    On July 24, 2013, Christina and D.J. signed Initiative: Eau into existence as they completed Initiative: Eau's Articles of Incorporation.

  • January 2015

    The IRS ruled that Initiative: Eau fulfilled the requirements of a 501(c)3 public charity in the United States.

  • June 2015

    We began implementation of our program WASHMobile in the cities of Ouagadougou and Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso.

  • January 2016

    Our team expanded to a total of 10 with agents in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.

  • February 2016

    Initiative: Eau expanded to Nigeria under the leadership of Country Director Funmilola Ojelade.

Our Team


Meet the people behind the organization and our progress

Our Team


Meet the people behind the organization and our progress

Donald Brooks Chief Executive Officer, President of Board of Directors

Donald Brooks
Chief Executive Officer, President of Board of Directors

Hubert Ouedraogo Country Representative (Burkina Faso)

Hubert Ouedraogo
Country Representative (Burkina Faso)

Michael Frederikse Programming Associate

Michael Frederikse
Programming Associate

Jon Rudnicki Vice President, Member of Board of Directors

Jon Rudnicki
Vice President, Member of Board of Directors

Funmilola Ojelade Country Representative (Nigeria)

Funmilola Ojelade
Country Representative (Nigeria)

Farheen Mukarram Development Associate

Farheen Mukarram
Development Associate

Kimberly Lyon Member of Board of Directors

Kimberly Lyon
Member of Board of Directors

Madeline Hooper Director of Strategic Alliances

Madeline Hooper
Director of Strategic Alliances

Our Financials


Transparency is one of our core beliefs 

Our Financials


Transparency is one of our core beliefs 

As one of our core values, we believe transparency is of fundamental importance.  We believe openness to public inspection allows us to build relationships based on mutual trust and respect with contributors to our cause.  We consider this transparency to be an opportunity for increased accountability.  To accomplish this, we have published below information pertinent to our financial activities; other documents may be available upon request.  
 


2015

2015 was our biggest year yet.  We were able to raise funds to support our efforts to provide access to safe, clean water and improved sanitation and 70% of our revenue went to funding out programming in-country.  See our annual report above for more details.

Revenue

Expenses


Past Filings

Our Alliances


Through collaboration we can make a greater impact

Our Alliances


Through collaboration we can make a greater impact

Networks

Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership working together to catalyze political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. 


Global Water Partnership is an international network created to foster an integrated approach to water resources management (IWRM) and dedicated to to advancing governance of water resources for sustainable development.


The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council is a United Nations membership organization that advocates for improved sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable and marginalized people around the world.


The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction exists to enable civil society to connect local to global and speak with a collective voice that drives action which reduces risk and increases the resilience of the most vulnerable.
 

Partners

IDEXX Laboratories is the global leader in water microbiology based in Maine, providing tests that ensure the safety of drinking water and other water supplies for over two billion people in 100 countries around the world.  

3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, theirs of scientists and researchers work to create breakthroughs and improve daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

Contact Us


Contact Us


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info@initiativeeau.org

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+1 617 520 4875

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P.O. Box 380726
Cambridge, MA 02238