BENEFITING: INITIATIVE EAU
Hi everyone! My name is D.J. Brooks and I am a currently a student at Harvard studying molecular biology and global health. When I was a sophomore in high school, an NGO working in Burkina Faso, West Africa presented about the hardships experienced by many in the developing world, especially with regards to water, sanitation, and hygiene. They told us that in Burkina, women and children must walk over 5k everyday to get just 5 gallons of water. This to me was absurd. I had never even imagined not having safe water to drink. I felt motivated by my frustration at this reality to use the opportunities that I had been given for the benefit others and to do so I co-founded Initiative: Eau, an NGO committed to providing aid and education to regions experiencing lack of access to clean water and a need for improved sanitation by promoting sustainable community involvement and by engaging in novel and innovative research. I have designed the organization such that our approach is human-centered, yet data-driven, so that our programs are for people, but are grounded in seeing improved health outcomes.
On May 7th, I am running the Providence Marathon with a friend of mine from Harvard, Diana Sheedy, to raise awareness about the current water crisis and to raise funds for Initiative: Eau's efforts to bring an end to this reality. Please sponsor my run so that we can work to ensure that EVERYONE regardless of who they are and where they're from has access to this basic human right. Consider sponsoring a dollar per mile, it would mean the world to not only me, but to the people you are helping. For more information about Initiative: Eau and our programs, visit www.initiativeeau.org! Thank you all, D.J.