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.