We’ve been fortunate to partner with some of the greatest organizations in the world in the past to eradicate Guinea Worm Disease from Ghana. Now, we are looking to build new relationships and partnerships to reduce the impact of Buruli Ulcer disease in Ghana. We’ve partnered with the following organizations on prior and current matching grants. Click on the name of each partner to learn more.
District 9100 includes Ghana and most of West Africa. We are working with Rotarians in Tamale, Sunyani Central, and Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Clubs. Past-President Joe Mumuni and Past Treasurer Alex Kpodo have done a lot of the work in the Tamale Rotary Club in the Northern Region of Ghana. It was the vision of the Tamale Rotary Club board members who decided that we should focus on Guinea Worm Disease. Most of the hands-on management of the projects were handled by the Tamale Rotary Club in the fight against Guinea Worm Disease. The Rotarians took time away from the businesses and families to make sure people have water to drink and were free from disease.
Samuel Obour is the President of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana in the center of Ghana. Kodzo Anane is very active on the Sunyani Central Water Committee. Michael Nsiah convinced the board and the International Rotarians to prioritize Buruli Ulcer as the next priority disease for the partnership of Rotary Clubs. The Sunyani Central Rotary Club is a relatively new Rotary Club. Kofi Nyamaah-Koffuor is the Director of Service Projects. The photograph shows the Sunyani Central Rotarians with International Rotarians to dedicate the mechanized borehole at the Notre Dame Girls School.
The Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club is being chartered in 2011. The new President is Emmanuel Atia. We are hopeful that their club will be embraced by many International Rotary Clubs for projects to provide clean water, help for schools, and improved health for communities in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The Milford, Massachusetts Rotary Club in District 7910 was involved because a son, Peter DiCampo of a local Rotarian was working in Ghana at the time. Peter DiCampo was working in the Peace Corp in Ghana fighting Guinea Worm Disease. The Milford, Massachusetts Rotary Club provided funds for several clean water grants and a medical grant to provide medical equipment and supplies to the Tamale Teaching Hospital and Tamale Eye Clinic. Peter DiCampo continues to have a passion to spread the word about the needs of the poor in Africa. He is pictured on the left with a certificate of appreciation from the Tamale Teaching Hospital at the dedication service in Ghana. Walter Hughes is on the right.
District 7850 comprises of Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, and Southern Québec. Rotarians Ron Cowan from the Lebanon, New Hampshire Rotary Club and Claude LaLiberté from the Sherbrooke Rotary Club were two of the visionaries for the first 3-H grant. Ron Cowan (left) is talking to a community health worker to learn more about how to care for patients with Guinea Worm Disease. Ron Cowan devotes his time to humanitarian projects in Zimbabwe and other extremely poor areas of the world. Ron Cowan dedicated his work to his first wife after her death.
The first large 3-H Rotary Matching Grant 57557 for Ghana to fight guinea worm disease was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon, New Hampshire and Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, They led the way on the vision to make Ghana free of the three foot long parasite. We've been working with District 7850 for many years. Bill Babineau is a key contact for our work in the Lebanon, New Hampshire Rotary Club. The photograph is part of the mechanized water system for Wuntugu in Northern Region of Ghana. Marilyn Bedell is the District Governor of D-7850 in 2011-2012.
We are so fortunate to have the support of many Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 7610 in Northern Virginia. PDG Tin Tin Rashid was actually the first person in this district who persued getting her district involved in this project. Past District Governor Sandra Duckworth is the main champion in this district. Sandra is also a leader for clean water from her work with the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG). She is willing to give a presentation or tell you about our project. The Rotary Clubs in District 7610 have raised $70,600 for clean water in Ghana. Sandra Duckworth is shown in the photograph receiving her "Service Above Self" Award in 2011.
District 7490 is in New Jersey. The Kearny, New Jersey Rotary Club helped with our medical grant to ship medical equipment and supplies to the Tamale Teaching Hospital and Eye Clinic. Carol MacDonald lived in Kearny, New Jersey where she knew Dr. Jim Murphy who was a local Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. She is also a Rotarian and a very good friend of Dr. Jim Murphy. Dr. Jim Murphy retired and moved his practice to the Tamale Teaching Hospital in northern Ghana. Conrad Heede, Grapevine, Texas Rotarian, read in a Holy Cross College newsletter that Dr. Jim Murphy was retiring and dedicating the rest of his life to working at the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Ghana. Conrad Heede and Dr. Jim Murphy both went to Holy Cross College.
Conrad Heede and Carol MacDonald talked with Dr. Jim Murphy about the need for medical equipment and supplies that would be needed for the hospital. Carol MacDonald, Conrad Heede, and Walter Hughes formed the team to make the medical grant work. Dr. Murphy is not a Rotarian, but he continues to work with our team to find ways to make a difference in the health of the people of Ghana.
We hope to have more partners in New Jersey in the future.
District 1980 is located in Switzerland. We are fortunate to have Kurt Bay from Aarau, Switzerland on our team. He is a Rotary Cadre who inspected the first competitive Rotary matching grant. He liked the project and gave his approval. He has been a major champion from that day forward. We have several clubs from District 1980 who have contributed to our grant because of Kurt Bay's presentations. Kurt Bay also worked with Walter Hughes and Samuel Obour from the Sunyani Central Rotary Club to partner with the Georg Fischer Jubilee Clean Water Foundation for $70,000 in 2010. Kurt Bay (on left) is pictured with Rotarian Yohannes Teshome from Ethiopia where he does a lot of humanitarian work. Kurt Bay has a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise that he provides to the team of Rotary Clubs.
District 7570 covers Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia up the Shenandoah Valley to Winchester, Virginia. District 7570 is the home of the Clean Water Projects in Ghana. The first grant was an area projects supported by Past Assistant Governors Bruce Griffith and Ken Tuck. The primary international Rotary Club is Rocky Mount Rotary Club. The key contact in Rotary District 7570 is Walter Hughes, Jr. Walter is the Vice-Chair of the Grant Subcommittee in District 7570. We've had a lot of clubs in this district support the project over the years.
Southern West Virginia is represented by Rotary District 7550. District 7550 was the lead district for our first Competitive Rotary Grant 65414. They have been a great partnering districts. Past District Governor Tom Greenstreet thought up the idea of a district-wide "water jug" project to raise money for clean water in Ghana at the Salt Lake City International Convention. Each District Governor in turn has provided tremendous support and encouragement for the clean water project in Ghana. District Governor Mary Keely continued this tradition in 2011.
The photographs of some of the decorated "water jugs" are below. The clubs placed money in the jugs all year long to raise money for clean water in Ghana. District 7550 has raised over $123,395 from almost 100% participation from the district Rotary Clubs through 2011.
Rotary District 5170 is in Central California. We are so fortunate to have the San Leandro, California Rotary Club involved in our projects. They had a well project in Ghana before we even thought of getting involved. They are also a Future Vision District. The San Leandro Rotary Club mentored the Rotarians from Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia to write their first matching grant. San Leandro Rotary Club has a passion to make a difference in this world. Click here to check out their web site.
District 7690 is in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. We are very fortunate to have District Governor Wes Patterson sponsoring Rotary Global Grant 25176. He is a member of the Thomasville, North Carolina Rotary Club. District 5790 is a Future Vision District. The partnership could not continue without the sponsorship and vision of District Governor Wes Patterson. We are so thankful that he was willing to help our work to continue!
District 5790 is in Central North Carolina near Charlotte. The Rotary Club of Boiling Springs, NC is the club in District 5790 that has provided support over the years. The Rotary Club of Boiling Springs Past President Kathryn Hamrick is the biggest supporter for our partnership to provide clean water in Ghana.
District 6780 is in Central Tennessee. Scot Shanks from Crossville, Tennessee has a passion for wells and Ghana. He taught Walter Hughes how to write grants and shared what he knew with the team. District 6780 clubs have worked on one of our grants and continue to be very active in Ghana in the Western Region.
We are working with Rotarians in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, and Ghana to provide clean water and better health to communities in West Africa. Below are some of the stories how so many Rotarians around the world became involved in the same project. We developed a common vision to make a difference. It is a real team effort across twelve states in the USA, two Canadian provinces, Switzerland, and Ghana. Click the bar below to read more about who is involved in a specific part of the world.
District 7040 of Rotary International is made up of sixty-seven active Rotary clubs in Nunavut, Eastern Ontario, Western Québec and Northern New York State. The Rotary Clubs manage hundreds of community service programs in local communities in the USA and Canada and around the world. They believe in Rotary's ideal of Service above Self. This district has a passion to Ghana in West Africa.
Rotary District 7040 has a strong connection to Ghana because of the inspiration of three people: Glenn Flaten, Past District Governor Bette Miller, and District Governor Katie Burke. The first drip irrigation project for northeastern Ghana was approved by the Rotary Foundation in May 2002. Glenn Flaten traveled twice in 2003 to train farmers how to install and use the drip irrigation systems. He was told about the needs in West Africa to his fellow Rotarians in Ontario, Canada and Upstate New York. The irrigation project is completed in Ghana in June 2005.
Glenn Flaten devoted incredible time and energy to Rotary International, including grassroots agricultural developments projects in Africa, Central and South America. His life was dedicated to helping others in his community, country and the world. Glenn Flaten had a passion and love for the people of the Upper East Region of Ghana near Bolgatanga.
Glenn Flaten was a member of the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata in Ontario, Canada. Glenn died of cancer in 2007. The work and love of the people inspired the Rotary Clubs of Watertown, New York to continue by digging wells in Ghana. Past-District Governor Ben Coe and the other leaders of the Watertown Rotary Clubs made the decision to continue Glenn’s work.
Bette Miller and Katie Burke are very active with a 3-H grant with the Kumasi East Rotary Club in the Ashanti Region of Ghana in the central part of the country. The grant focused on helping to transform four communities around Kumasi. The grant is finishing in 2011. Now, the partnerships continue to grow to honor the memory of Glenn Flaten and to build on the work done over the last decade in Ghana. The desire to provide clean water and improve health will be strong. We are thankful for the leadership of the Rotarians in District 7040 from Canada and the USA.
We partnered with the Rotary Clubs in Watertown, New York for many years. Past District Governor Ben Coe is our champion for the district. Dr. Margot Remington is heading up the team to learn more about Buruli Ulcer and other neglected tropical diseases.
District 7040 has many leaders with the vision to provide clean water and improved health to communities across West Africa. The three Rotary Clubs in Watertown, New York are Watertown Sunrise, Watertown Noon, and Watertown Evening. They have a combined World Community Service Committee. The three Rotary Clubs are able to accomplish so much more by being able to pool their resources. The team photograph shows Rotarians ater a Watertown, New York Rotary Club meeting. The people from left to right are Past President, Past District Governor Ben Coe, Walter Hughes of Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, VA, Karen Delmonico, and George Mead.
West Seneca, New York located near Buffalo in District 7090 has been a partner for many years. Larry Rose and John Nash are the key contacts in the West Seneca, NY Rotary Club. John Nash is the Media Relations Chair for the West Seneca, NY Rotary Club. The District Foundation Chair, Arthur Wing also has helped to support the project. The West Seneca, New York Rotary Club has funded many grants in West Africa.
We are excited that we are developing relationships with research universities and medical schools. The first contact was Tufts University, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. Millersville University, Emory University, Pittsburgh University, Sunyani Polytechnic University, Ghana University, and many other universities and medical schools will be providing research and additional resources.
World Vision has a very strong organization in Ghana to drill boreholes to provide clean water throughout the country. Hundreds of wells were drilled as a part of the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI). World Vision worked closely with the Ghana Guinea Worm Eradication Program to drill wells and boreholes in locations where Guinea Worm Disease was really bad. World Vision drilled several boreholes which were mechanized in some of our matching grants. World Vision was very active in the effort to eradicate Guinea Worm Disease. The partnership of Rotary Clubs are very thankful for the work done by World Vision. The photograph to the right shows a borehole drilled by World Vision and the Hilton Foundation in 1995. It is still providing clean water.
Ghana Health Services is the national health organization dedicated to improving the health of Ghanaians. Our focus is turning to Buruli Ulcer now that the fight against Guinea Worm Disease is finished in Ghana. We’ve had the good fortune to work with a few great people in this organization. Dr. Seidu Andrew Korkor is the national director to eradicate guinea worm disease. We’ve used the statistics managed by Ghana Health Services to know where to dig the next well. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and a vision to change his country. Dr. Edwin Ampadu is leading the effort to eradicate Buruli Ulcer from Ghana. Dr. Ampadu is working with us in our new effort to fight Buruli Ulcer. Ghana Guinea Worm Eradication Programme (GGWEP) was a joint venture of the Carter Center and Ghana Health Services. Dr. Korkor is the Director for GGWEP.
Carter Center The Carter Center was the leading organization in the fight to eradicate Guinea Worm Disease. We worked closely with the director of the Carter Center in Ghana. They have been a valuable partner. The Carter Center provided the staff in country to identify the outbreaks of guinea worm disease and make a huge difference.
The Carter Center was one of the major non-profit organizations in the Guinea Worm eradication effort. We dug wells and drilled boreholes in the locations prioritized by Ghana Guinea Worm Eradication Programme. The Carter Center is leaving Ghana in September 2011 so our partnership will be ending at that time.
The photograph shows the Ghana Guinea Worm Case Containment Center in Savelugu, Ghana. The center was north of Tamale. In 2007, Savelugu was the worst place on the earth for Guinea Worm Disease. Now, the children are laughing and playing instead of being sick with this disease. The Containment Center is closed!
Living Water International is a non-profit organization dedicated to drilling wells (boreholes) around the world. Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water"—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. Living Water has several drilling crews in Ghana. Africa Assistance Plan run by Rev. David Donkor operates in the Brong Ahafo Region in central Ghana.
Rotarian John Nadolski is our main contact at Living Water.
Water in Africa (W.A.T.E.R) It is Water in Africa through Everyday Responsiveness responds to issues of water insecurity by making connections - to people, to financial resources, and to partners around the world. W.A.T.E.R. has repaired boreholes and conducted Water & Sanitation (WATSAN) training in several of our matching grants.
Some of the best from the Carter Center have been hired by Water in Africa. One of the employees with a passion is Michael Anyekase. He works to train Water and Sanitation Committees after new boreholes or wells have been completed. He also loves to repair as many wells as possible. Michael is the one using the hack saw to repair the pipe.
Georg Fischer Jubilee Foundation
We are partnering with the Georg Fischer Jubilee Clean Water Foundation with a $70,000 matching grant that was awarded to our project in 2010. The grant was awarded for $70,000 is from the Jubilee Clean Water Foundation of Georg Fischer AG headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The funds will be used to dig hand dug wells, drill deep wells, repair wells, educate people about water borne illnesses, and provide basic medical care. The work will be managed by the Rotary Club of Sunyani Central, Ghana. We will be targeting communities with a high occurrence of Buruli Ulcer disease. Buruli Ulcer is a flesh eating disease that is found in West Africa.
Georg Fischer AG with the Jubilee Clean Water Foundation has been involved in projects to improve water supply in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2002, Georg Fischer has donated over $4.6 million to the Clean Water Foundation and has thus funded the implementation of more than 70 projects in 40 countries on four continents. In 2009, seven projects were completed. Five new projects in Indonesia, Brazil, Tajikistan, southern Sudan and Bangladesh received around $300,000 in grants. In all projects, the aim is for experienced partners to support the local population in its efforts to sustainably improve its supply of drinking water.
In May 2010, six projects more were approved by the Jubilee Clean Water Foundation Council, composed by the CEO as chairman and two members of the Executive Committee. The projects will be executed in India, the Philippines, China (Tibet) Ecuador, Kenya and Ghana. Project partners were well known NGOs and local partners, for these projects among others the Swiss Red Cross and the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia and our other partnering Rotary Clubs. Click here to read an article on G+F Jubilee Clean Water Foundation. Click here to read more about Georg Fischer.