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Franklin County Man Honored at White House For Clean Water Project

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A Franklin County man and members of the International Rotary Club are being called "Champions of Change" for their efforts to make clean water a reality in Ghana and South Sudan.

Walter Hughes, Jr. says the White House recognized 12 champions Friday.

With the help of the Rotary Club, Hughes has helped build water wells in locations where people were getting sick.

As a project leader, his goal was to build just one well, but now his dream is to completely eliminate one waterborne disease called Guinea worm.

Walter says he can see the difference he, his church, and the Rotary Club have made in Ghana.

"So now instead of kids being sick they're laughing and playing in school," Hughes said. "It's just an amazing experience to go and walk where people were sick and now they're healthy and knowing that we had a part to do with that."

Walter says the focus now is on South Sudan. Right now, Guinea worm is almost isolated to the new county.