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Initiative: Eau

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: To increase the safety and quality of drinking water services in developing urban areas.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30 000 urban citizens through robust water quality monitoring

Geographic areas served: Burkina Faso, Niger, and Nigeria

Programs: Initiative: Eau has four principal programs: H2Odata.city, H2Odata.actor, H2Odata.crisis, and Research. Each uses data to inform strategic decision-making whereby rendering available financial and human resources for water development projects better targeted and more effective.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Initiative Eau is doing incredible work on the ground to improve drinking water quality in the communities they serve with sensitivity to their particular contexts. Moreover this work is vital in terms of developing and modelling solutions for improving the drinking water supplies of growing medium-sized African cities and the specific challenges they face.

3 Kelly T.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love the mission of Initiative: Eau and how it effectively integrates technology solutions into solving a social and environmental issue. Wonderful organization with inspiring people, keep it up!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this incredible organization since its birth; what started as an idea in a high-school environmental club has since turned into an enterprise with real-world impact. It is no surprise why--Initiative: Eau's mission is "to improve the safety and quality of drinking water services in developing urban areas," but this statement captures only one aspect of the work being done. Through on-the-ground research and innovation, Initiative: Eau has worked with and for the communities in Burkina Faso to develop infrastructure and technology that will have long-term positive impacts. I am confident that the Initiative will continue to flourish because its members hold true to their hearts the reason "why" this work is so important, rather than simply focusing on "what" the ultimate goal is.

I wish the best of luck to everyone working to support the mission of this organization--I am repeatedly inspired by the dedication of Initiative: Eau's members and I am truly excited to see what new developments come to fruition over the next years.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have greatly enjoyed watching Initiative:eau’s development as an inspiring organization working tirelessly in Burkina Faso’s water sector. The team is hardworking and thoroughly imbedded in the communities in West Africa that they serve.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

J'ai eu le privilège de travailler avec Initiative:eau pendant 06 mois, ce fut une expérience très enrichissante.les projet implémenter par initiative:eau permettent aux populations de mieux gérer les points d'eau et aussi les données collectées permettent de faciliter l'intervention des organisations humanitaires lors des inondations . Je suis très heureux d'avoir fait partie de cette organisation , de cette équipe dynamique . Go ahead initiative:eau

2 Hanna E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to work with Initiative: Eau on site for two months. The team is unique in its committment to its mission and extremely competent and hard-working, consisting of exclusively Burkinabé staff. The organization and its projects are well embedded in and appreciated by the community in Fada N'Gourma. I believe Initiative: Eau has a positive and sustainable impact on water quality in the region and I will happily continue to support Initiative:Eau from abroad.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Initiative : Eau est une organisation très dynamique et engagée. Ils mettent en place des activités ambitieuses pour mettre à la disposition des plus vulnérables les résultats de la recherche et de l'innovation au service des populations. Ils apportent recul et analyse sur les infrastructures existantes, ce que malheureusement peu d'acteurs du secteur font.

2 Nathan F.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Une très belle organisation, qui mène un travail remarquable dans le secteur de l’eau ! J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer différents membres de cette ONG, qui m’ont marqué par leur ambition, leur engagement et leur immense travail!
Je la recommande fortement !

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Initiative: Eau is a growing NGO that is pushing the boundaries of what is expected from nonprofit organizations. Its style is clean and edgy, descriptive and clinical. Its work through the smart use of data and partnerships means its impact is large with minimal overhead.

In its messaging, it strays away from the typical depressive NGO practice of painting a bleak picture with the hardships faced by those living in the global south to elicit an emotional response from donors, reducing those living in these conditions to mere actors in "poverty p***" scenes. Instead, it focuses on the real situation, the change happening, the change being made.

I have supported this organization since the beginning, and I will continue to do so as it matures and intensifies. All the best to those making it work from behind the scenes.

2 Julia C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IEAU works closely with communities in the Eastern region of Burkina Faso, assuring all programs are exactly what they need and want. Sharing knowledge with the communities also guarantees long-lasting solutions, which is why I strongly believe in IEAU’s work and impact. The staff is highly competent, passionate and engaged to the cause. I’m a great fan of their work and am glad I got the chance to be part of it.

2 Madeline H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the two years that I worked with this organization, I was fortunate to witness and further its growth in scale and function. The team driving Initiative: Eau is dedicated to providing intelligent, adaptive and community-specific solutions for the water crisis. It’s very exciting to continue to watch the organization expand.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization implements innovative approaches aimed at ensuring quality water access in West Africa. The team is friendly, engaged and well-connected to the local community it serves.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Initiative: Eau is a fantastic organization led by creative young people who don’t think small. Its work is cutting edge and evidence-based, making a difference on drinking water in Burkina.