Success Story – Becoming a Leader
Graduates from EIWR’s master degree program in Water and Health have had great success in their professional endeavours. Some have gone back to their home universities and become lecturers and researchers and others have found jobs at organizations such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, and the Leather Industry Development Institute. Here is a profile of one EIWR graduate who explains how EIWR’s graduate program helped her achieve her professional goals.
Tsega Menhasebo G/Hiwet is a graduate from EIWR’s Water and Health program with an emphasis in Water and Public Health.
A Health Care Provider Works to Promote better Hygiene and Sanitation Practices
Eftu Abi is one of 38,000 rural health extension workers in Ethiopia. She practices at a health post in Sheno Woreda, Indode Washa Kebele in the north eastern part of the country. She spends her time at the health post and visiting families in their homes. She has wide ranging responsibilities for community-based health promotion and curative care in Indode Washa Kebele. Her workload is diverse, and over the course of a week she divides her time between activities relating to family health, disease prevention and control, hygiene and sanitation, and other activities.
Schools Latrines Up and Running
The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources (EIWR), in collaboration with Hawassa University through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) financial support, started constructing girls’ latrine and water fountains in March 2014 at two primary schools in Hawassa, the capital city of the Southern Nations, Nationalities,and People Regional State.
The two primary schools (Chefe Kote Jebessa and Busullo) chosen for this project were selected by EIWR’s campus representative at Hawassa University in consultation with the Education Office of Hawassa City Administration. The schools are government schools and located near the main road of Hawassa city.
The day for the final inauguration and handover of the school latrines and water supply fountain finally came on 14 July, 2014.
EDUCATING COMMUNITIES ON CRITICAL MOMENTS OF HAND WASHING
The Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources carried out its third summer community outreach/engagement program for undergraduate students from July 1-August 30, 2014. Students were given the opportunity to learn how to do community outreach and research, while learning how to work in interdisciplinary teams. The objective of the summer outreach activity was to provide students the opportunity to perform socially relevant outreach, thus uniting educational and research missions with community priorities and needs. Faculty from five partner universities (Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Bahir Dar, Hawassa and Mekelle) helped to select students to participant, and to plan and implement the program.
A total of 96 (64 male and 32 female) undergraduate students from five EIWR partner universities were given opportunity to participate in the program. The selected students had backgrounds in the water science, social-sciences and health disciplines. The students spent 40 days within selected communities and worked in multi-disciplinary groups of three. Download the full story here
Solomon Berhane G/yohannes has joined Mekelle University as a lecturer after graduation. He teaches courses like surface water hydrology, water and waste water engineering, water resource planning and management to name a few. He is also participating in research and project work. In addition, together with his advisors he is in the process of publishing a book about runoff generation and hydrological modeling.
Recently Solomon involved in community service in Tigray National Regional State Adi Gudeme Woreda /district/ concerning irrigation water efficiency analysis. In this Woreda, because of lack of water allocation, delivery and distribution rules in place there were conflict among the farmers on using the limited amount of water in an efficient manner. Solomon and his colleagues came up with a solution to distribute the irrigation water and the delivery at the farm gate arranged by rotational turns and to effectively use this mechanism they organize the farmers and select team leader. The main tasks of the team leader is mobilizing and supervising the farmers to work on structures; implementing water distribution rules and resolving water related conflicts. This traditional organizational structure made a significant contribution to a sound and successful collective water management.
Solomon said that becoming involved in this task and directly working with community “helps me to gain a lot of experience and also got a chance to work with different professors from Mekelle University which helps me to learn more and develop my knowledge and skill in the area.” He further noted that the program at EIWR helped him to succeed in his career and to develop a new perspective/insight that contributes to his work “the experience and knowledge that I received at EIWR have been greatly instrumental in my present career which requires me to balance both teaching and research projects. I truly enjoy working in this field and I hope to progress further in my career and achieve bigger goals.”
Three students, Adanech Yared, Taye Alemayehu, and Yonas Girma, received the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agricultural Program (LEAP) fellowship. The value of the Borlaug LEAP grant is estimated to be 20,000 USD. The fellowship aims to improve the standard of research by student graduate with leadership qualities as well as strong scientific bent from developing nations. The three students will do part of their research at University of Illinois, University of Connecticut and Montclair University respectively.
In addition, Rahel Eshetu received a fellowship from Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). The fellowship, total of 18,000 USD is given to women scientists to follow postgraduate studies in natural sciences.
Furthermore, Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) along with funding partner Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation awarded EIWR student Elias Tedla a scholarship for postgraduate studies/research for the period 2013-2014 within the frame work of “Young Researchers Scholarship Initiative”. Mr. Elias received the award in the category of “Climate and Water” with his research title of “Multi-Reservoir Operations Optimization under Different Climatic Scenarios to Maximize Energy Production Efficiency”. Moreover, Elias had also received “Early Career Scientists Assembly Visitors Fund” award from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).