Water Project in Africa
Nov 16, 2017
Walter Hughes, Rocky Mount RC
Water Project in Africa

The Rotary Club of Ashburn, VA is pleased to welcome this week's guest speaker, Rotarian Walter Hughes, who will share his experiences with water projects in Africa.  

Walter earned Rotary’s Vocational Service and the Rotary Distinguished Service Awards.  His work was also highlighted at the Rotary International Conventions in Sydney and Seoul with the video “Doing Good in Ghana.”  He’s recognized as a White House Champion of Change.

Walter’s team passionately provided clean water to over 400,000 people in Africa.  He partners with one hundred fourteen (114) Rotary Clubs in thirty-two (32) Rotary districts in Québec and Ontario in Canada, Switzerland, Ghana and South Sudan and twenty-one (21) U.S. states.  He also works with other non-profit organizations and churches.   

Walter championed Rotary projects over the past ten years to locate wells in communities with the highest incidence of Guinea worm disease in Ghana and South Sudan.  The World Health Organization certified Ghana as free of Guinea worm disease in 2014. He traveled to South Sudan during the civil war in November 2015 to inspect Rotary’s clean water project.  There are nine Guinea worm cases so far in 2017 in the world.  Rotary is close to eradicating both Guinea worm and polio. 

He worked as the Director of Strategic Technology at America Online (AOL).  He is now an independent missionary.  He the proud father of four children.  Walter goes to Ghana where he sees clean water flowing, sanitation with new Microflush toilets, new medical equipment at hospitals and computer labs at schools.  He is empowering communities to work with Rotary to drill more wells where people are thirsty.