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Rotary completing grant for Ghana

Community members sit with the chief and elders listening to a training session in Ghana. Courtesy photo

Rotary District 7570 which includes 85 clubs and stretches from Winchester in the North to northeast Tennessee in the South is completing a grant that has impacted the lives of 54,255 people in Ghana.

The goal of the grant is to provide clean water to communities in Ghana that have poor access to adequate supplies of clean water. The project is helping to minimize contamination from human and animal waste leading to problems associated with typhoid fever, dehydrating diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The polluted water is known to carry other water borne diseases.

The project has prioritized communities with Buruli Ulcer Disease -- a neglected emerging disease recently reported in some countries as the second most frequent mycobacterial disease in humans after tuberculosis -- and water borne diseases. The grant was approved on March 28, 2011.

The district contributed $5,745.35, matched by Rotary International and the host district in Ghana. The funds are providing for new wells, repaired wells, medicine and medical supplies, and care for people with Buruli Ulcer Disease.

This was one of District 7570's first global grants in 2011.

The project is expected to be completed by March or April.

A press release said that according to Rotary Club of Front Royal President J. Daniel Pond III, the Club contributed the $5,745.35 for the project as proceeds from the 2010 district conference.

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