• The long-term goals of DSCI in Axum are to improve the health and welfare of its citizens through improved water and sanitation facilities, which will help the Axum economy that is heavily dependent on the tourist industry.
  • The last several years have led to numerous cultural, educational, and humanitarian initiatives.
    • Forty thousand dollars was secured in collaboration with MSU Denver to build the Gessesso School, which opened in the summer of 2012.
    • Nine tons of books were raised in a book drive for the University of Axum and two water pumps were donated to the Axum water department.
    • By partnering with the Tigray Association, the Axum committee raised $30,000 to purchase and deliver a septic truck to Axum.
    • Nine hundred and fifty visitors were hosted in Denver for the 2012 Tigray Association’s International Conference, including several Ethiopian dignitaries.
    • The Axum committee also facilitated a two week study abroad program for three professors and 15 students from MSU Denver.
    • Culturally, the committee has sponsored a month long historical photo exhibition of Axum at the Denver Public Library. Other smaller initiatives have also taken place, such as the sending of cameras to Axum in order to document the lives of the community members to ultimately be shared on DSCI’s website.
    • After a 2002 feasibility study by a team of professionals from Denver, a low-cost, low-tech and sustainable water treatment facility was designed to make the existing ground water source more potable. With the assistance of Denver Water laboratory equipment and supplies were purchased to establish a water quality testing lab.  Lab technicians were also trained.  However, before the treatment plant could be build, the groud water yiend fell dramatically and the government decided to build a pipeline from a more sustainable source in a nearby town.
    •  Through a grant with Proctor and Gamble, the committee was able to provide water purification packets and education to over 600 students, families and teachers at Hawelti School.  Absenteeism was reduced significantly in the school year.
    • A grant from DSCI provided funds to complete a latrine at Hawelti School.
    • Leak detection equipment donated by Denver Water was sent to help alleviate the water shortages.  Volunteer Denver Technicians trained  staff in Axum to operate the equipment.
    • DSCI and the local Ethiopian community have been raising funds and after 14 years were finally able to acquire a septic truck from Denver Wastewater Management.  With the help of the Humanitarian Assistance Program of the DOD and USAID, the truck is on its way to Axum at the time of this posting. The septic truck will provide badly needed maintenance of pit latrines and help alleviate the sanitation problem of the city.
    • DSCI has hosted several Ethiopian officials on visits to Denver and facilitated art and pen pal exchange programs. The committee continues to give talks and exhibit Ethiopian artifacts to Denver Metro school children through our “City in a Suitcase Program”.
    • An annual picnic is held at the City of Axum park and a celebration each January at a local Ethiopian Restaurant which bring a taste of Ethiopian culture to Denver residents.
    • The committee continues to lead delegation trips to Ethiopia. Our 2012 delegation donated 8 C.U.R.E. Kits to Saint Mary of Zion hospital.