Community Outreach



EIWR’s Outreach system catalyzes an innovative en­gagement of partnering universities with the community in water related economic, social, cultural, environmental, and educational issues. Outreach facilitates the link between academia and community, transformation of scientific concepts in to action through the application of teaching, research, and knowledge resources of partnering universities with benefit to the communities throughout the nation.

Undergraduate summer outreach program

EIWR organized a one day symposium on September 8, 2014 at Addis Ababa University, Akaki Campus.  On the symposium students engaged in the summer outreach program presented their reports on the activities they accomplished and share their findings and experience for fellow students and selected stakeholders in the sector. 8 papers were selected and presented by students. Read more



Ethiopian Institute of Water Resource held training on “Building Adoptive Water Resources Management in Ethiopia” Read more


WASH- Innovative Latrine Built around  Hawassa

EIWR has piloted two sustainable dry latrines (VIP) at Chefe Jebesa and Bushello primary schools near Hawassa town serving more than 1400 girl students.  EIWR used UNICEF, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy 2010 design guideline as starting point for the latrines but then added modification based on feedback from the community.  The latrines will be complete in early July, 2014, but before school lets out EIWR will host an inaugural ceremony with school families where families will be shown the new facility.


Innovative Water Supply Technology

De-fluoridation in Kori

 USAID provided funding  to EIWR to address the water system challenges in Kori Afar region through the study, design, development and installation of a de-fluoridation vessel and the water supply scheme.  In collaboration with the mechanical engineering department and chemistry departments at Addis Ababa University, EIWR has designed a new fluoride removal vessel.  In preparation for installing this device, the Afar Regional Water Bureau has invested over 8.8 million Birr to complete construct two water reservoirs, and install pipes from the reservoir to the cooling system, storage unit, and cattle trough. The standard de-fluoridation vessel will be built in Mekelle, Tigray and installed during early June 2014. The inauguration ceremony will be June 14th, 2014.  For more background on the Kori project and the fluoride problem. Poster – Kori Water Supply and Fluorosis Mitigation Project final


Drinking Water Fountains in Primary School

And also a water supply fountain installed at Chefe Jebesa and Bushello primary schools near Hawassa town. The inauguration ceremony together with innovative school latrine took place on July 14, 2014.

Undergraduate Summer Camp

Preparations have been finalized for summer undergraduate outreach activities which will involve 100 students from the five partnering universities (Mekele, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Hawassa, and Arba Minch) in July – August 2014. Students will educate rural families about WASH and promote healthy behavior changes while gathering basic WASH assessment data on water access and sanitation challenges in their communities.