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About Us


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About Us


learn about Initiative: Eau

Our mission

To improve the safety and quality of drinking water services in developing urban areas.  

OUR VISION

A world with universal access to safe water.

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


how we transformed from a series of road races to an international organization

Our Story


how we transformed from a series of road races to an international organization

  • Call to action

    Co-founders Christina Long and Donald Brooks learned of global water scarcity during a presentation at their high school in central Maine.  The presentation discussed the reality that millions around the world live without access to clean water and basic sanitation.  For both, it was a call to action.

  • The inaugural event

    Our co-founders organized the first annual Peace, Water, and Wisdom Race in Bangor, Maine, U.S.A. to support water projects in Burkina Faso. Nearly 100 individuals braved the forecasted rainy weather to race for the cause. The event was held annually by a John Bapst Memorial High School student group until 2016.

  • Initiative: Eau Established

    Christina and Donald signed Initiative: Eau into existence as they completed the organization's Articles of Incorporation. The organization's original mission was to provide sustainable support and education to regions experiencing lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation.

  • Programming Launch with WASHMobile

    We began implementation of our first pilot program, WASHMobile, in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso. WASHMobile was an integrated research and data-distribution program aimed at reducing water-borne disease and improving drinking water infrastructure in developing urban centers.

  • Brooks receives Fulbright grant

    Co-founder and CEO Donald Brooks was awarded a Fulbright grant from the U.S. State Department to conduct research through Initiative: Eau on the water quality landscapes of cities in Burkina Faso to inform strategic infrastructure and public health program planning.

  • Granted Consultative status with the United Nations

    We were granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Special Consultative Status is granted to select non-governmental organizations allowing them to access inter-governmental activities at the United Nations, enabling Initiative: Eau to showcase our progress on a global stage.

  • West Africa Regional Office Opening

    We opened our West Africa regional office in Fada N'gourma, Burkina Faso. Fada N'gourma, capital of the Eastern region, was chosen strategically given the Eastern region's low rates of safe water access, second lowest in Burkina after the Sahel. As well, the city boasts proximity with nearby Niger, Benin, and Togo, allowing regional mobility.

  • National World Water Day for Burkina Faso

    Initiative: Eau co-organized and co-hosted the Foire de l'Eau, the national 2018 World Water Day event in Burkina Faso. The Foire de l'Eau was designed to address shortcomings of the WASH domain by providing a space where water stakeholders can share information and build partnerships to increase our collective impact.

  • Grants for H2Odata.city.fada

    Initiative: Eau is awarded grants from the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou and the International Foundation to support H2Odata.city.fada, a sustainability project to improve local water infrastructure monitoring and maintenance capacity in Fada N'gourma.

Our Team


meet the people behind the organization and our progress

Our Team


meet the people behind the organization and our progress

Board of Directors

  Donald Brooks    President and Chief Executive Officer

Donald Brooks
President and Chief Executive Officer

  Jon Rudnicki   Vice President of the Board of Directors

Jon Rudnicki
Vice President of the Board of Directors

  Kimberly Lyon   Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Kimberly Lyon
Treasurer of the Board of Directors

  Kelly Thompson   Secretary of the Board of Directors

Kelly Thompson
Secretary of the Board of Directors

 

Staff

  Hubert Ouedraogo   Country Director (Burkina Faso)

Hubert Ouedraogo
Country Director (Burkina Faso)

  Prudence Kuraogo   Program Officer

Prudence Kuraogo
Program Officer

  Hanna Hodel   Development Associate

Hanna Hodel
Development Associate

  Rouki Thiombiano   Office Maintenance Staff

Rouki Thiombiano
Office Maintenance Staff

  Funmilola Ojelade   Country Representative (Nigeria)

Funmilola Ojelade
Country Representative (Nigeria)

  David Immer   Visiting Research Fellow

David Immer
Visiting Research Fellow

  Ruth Lompo   Office Maintenance Staff

Ruth Lompo
Office Maintenance Staff

  Dialenli Traoré   Security Guard

Dialenli Traoré
Security Guard

  Alassane Yonli   Operations Officer (Burkina Faso)

Alassane Yonli
Operations Officer (Burkina Faso)

  Michael Frederikse   Development Associate

Michael Frederikse
Development Associate

  Issouf Zong-Naba   Security Guard

Issouf Zong-Naba
Security Guard

Our Financials


transparency is one of our core values

Our Financials


transparency is one of our core values

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


2018

Fiscal year 2018 was a year of tremendous growth for the Initiative: Eau. We opened our West Africa Regional Office, we organized the national World Water Day event for Burkina Faso, we began implementation of four innovative and impactful programs in Burkina Faso, and we increased our staff capacity, among other things.

Revenue: 46 980.60 USD

Expenses:


Past Filings

Our Alliances


through collaboration we can make a greater impact

Our Alliances


through collaboration we can make a greater impact

UNITED NATIONS ECOSOC

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Initiative: Eau is in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

Special Consultative Status is granted to select non-governmental organizations allowing them to access inter-governmental activities at the United Nations dealing with economic and social development.  This enables Initiative : Eau to advocate our mission and approach on the global stage.


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. 

Rural Water Supply Network is a global network of rural water supply professionals and organizations committed to improving their knowledge, competence and professionalism, to fulfill RWSN’s vision of sustainable rural water services for all. 


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.  

Press Room


media contacts, resources, and features 

Press Room


media contacts, resources, and features 

Media inquiries

Donald J. Brooks
+1 617 843 5818
dbrooks@initiativeeau.org


Contact Us


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Contact Us


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United States of America

P.O. Box 380726
Cambridge, MA 02238
+1 617 843 5818
info@initiativeeau.org


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Burkina Faso

Secteur 11, Lot 135, Parcelle J
Fada N'gourma
+226 24 77 08 38
info@initiativeeau.org