In 2014, the Franklin Wells for the World Foundation (FWWF) completed a project in the Chibombo District of Zambia, South Africa. The project consisted of water well installations at five schools in the community.
Mwanje Primary School
Before installing the well, the nearest source of water for the school was a community borehole which is about 1.5 kilometers (km) away, and the entire community of about 4,000 people collected their water from the same borehole. The borehole was equipped with a hand pump. Only the one hand pump, which would often break, was situated 1.5 km away from the school.
Chititi Primary School
The school had a broken down borehole fitted with a hand pump. Since the borehole was broken down, the school and all the children were accessing water from the nearest hand dug shallow well about 3 km away from the school.
Namakalongo Primary School
The school had a shallow hand-dug well which dried up during the dry season. When it dried up, the pupils and the school collected their water in a nearby stream where they shared their water with animals.
Nyundwe Primary School
The community had only one water source for the entire community. There is a borehole which is about 500 meters from the school.
Lunjofwa Primary School
The nearest borehole is about 1.5 km from the school.
The projects were successfully completed October 2014 and handed over by the Chairman of Franklin Electric Mr. Scott Trumbull. The installation of wells provided reliable access to clean water for more than 16,000 people.
The group's mission is to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective water supplies to suffering communities, focusing on Africa. The goal is to provide fundraising and technical resources for water projects, as well as provide global partnerships for charitable organizations.
When Franklin Wells for the World Foundation began, the goal was to provide wells in places that need them – no matter what. FWWF is principally funded by Franklin Electric, its affiliates, and its employees.
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