Sufficient potable water and adequate sanitation are issues which confront the Third World and Rotarians have answered the call for assistance. On August 26th Walter Hughes, Jr., a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount,Virginia and a recipient of Rotary's Vocational Service Leadership Award, spoke to the club about ongoing work in Ghana and Uganda. Our grant projects and dental care are well known to him as well as our members who participate.
Working in partnership with more than 250 Rotary clubs around the world he has overseen projects which have brought water and hygiene to over 600 thousand people. In cooperation with the Carter Center and others Guinea worm disease is close to being eradicated. Work is ongoing to complete 9 schools in Ghana. Micro loan banks offering short low-cost loans to farmers and entrepreneurs, particularly women with small businesses, have been established and thrive. Aside from the enterprises in which he is involved Walt emphasized the multiplier effect which gifts to RI Foundation receive.