Drexel University President John A. Fry and a delegation recently traveled to Ethiopia to explore possible University programs in the country's urban and rural areas. Fry was joined by Dr. Shannon Marquez, associate dean of Drexel's School of Public Health, and philanthropists and University benefactors Dana and David Dornsife. A 1983 Drexel alumna, Dana Dornsife together with David helped establish Drexel's Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships with a $10 million gift to the University.
The Drexel delegation witnessed firsthand the impact of Ethiopia's existing water projects and explored areas for future partnerships focused on access to clean and safe water and health care practices. The group visited well-drilling, sanitation and hygiene program sites in Yekasha, Kechema and Sekekelo as well as other projects near Addis Ababa, Waliso, Walkite and Gimbichu. Marquez, who is also the director of Global Health Initiatives at Drexel's School of Public Health and an expert in safe water systems, also visited sites in Ghana.