In April 2010, co-founders Donald J. Brooks and Christina M. Long learned of water scarcity during a presentation at their high school in central Maine by the co-founders of the BARKA Foundation.  The co-founders discussed the reality that millions around the world are without access to clean water and basic sanitation.  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 projects in Burkina Faso.

  • July 2013

    On July 31, 2013, Christina and D.J. signed Initiative: Eau into existence as they completed Initiative: Eau's Articles of Incorporation.

  • February 2016

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

  • June 2017

    Initiative: Eau is granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

  • August 2017

    We opened our Burkina Faso Country Headquarters in Fada N'gourma.

  • March 2017

    Initiative: Eau co-organized and co-hosted the Foire de l'Eau, the national 2018 World Water Day event in Burkina Faso.

  • April 2018

    Initiative: Eau is awarded a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou to support in Fada N'gourma.