As a world leader in designing and manufacturing pumps and motors used to access groundwater, Franklin Electric is positioned to make a substantial impact on the availability of clean water in developing regions through our Franklin Wells for the World Foundation (FWWF). Founded in 2010, the FWWF has impacted the lives of over 280,000 people by bringing clean water to the surface in 12 different countries.
Franklin Wells for the World is our tangible commitment to help alleviate the global water crisis, one well at a time.
A majority of the world’s fresh water is buried, contained in aquifers, hundreds of feet below the ground. For most of the developed world, a drink of fresh, clean water is only a few feet away. However, in many developing regions, the nearest source of water is miles away from villages – and often, that water is not safe to drink. These potentially contaminated water sources may cause a host of illnesses, including cholera, diarrhea, or dysentery, resulting in approximately 30,000 deaths per week, 90% of which are children under six (6). The lack of access to safe drinking water directly impacts the cycle of poverty in developing regions by contributing to illness and food scarcity and limiting educational opportunities, especially for young women.
The Franklin Wells for the World Foundation (“FWWF”) was established to address the need for clean water systems and to provide long-term accessible and safe groundwater sources to at-risk communities in developing countries. FWWF will work with trusted local organization and volunteers to provide the necessary equipment, expertise, training and technology to accomplish this mission.
2022 marked Franklin Wells for the World’s 11th year in providing the equipment necessary to access clean water - which increases the overall quality of life for years to come. After completing each FWWF project, we check back with community leaders and residents to assess the project’s impact. We often see tremendous growth and increased opportunities for communities – and primarily women and children. With another year of FWWF projects completed, the school children, their families, and the surrounding communities have all benefited from new water well installations.
The Moricho and Kelelwet communities are some of the fastest growing population centers in Eastern and Central Africa. The little water that’s available is hard to access, with women and children using much of their day to search for available water. This has not only led to an increase in waterborne illnesses but has also affected education – since children must spend so much time in search of water.
By installing a borehole in these communities, FWWF is helping with hygiene and health, as well as the communities’ economic future.
About 1,500 people live in the Zavora Community and most must walk 8 kms (5 miles) for water from contaminated lakes. Some can capture water from rain, but severe drought has made this nearly impossible. As a result, children often suffer from health conditions like bilharzia and other gastrointestinal diseases.
The FWWF funded borehole project covered the drilling and testing of a well and the supply of all ancillary equipment, including an overhead storage tank with basic reticulation. The well will allow this poor area to access water more regularly, helping to improve the community’s overall health.
The Rocklands Intermediate School and Ekuphumleni Satellite Clinic in Gqeberha provide critical services in an area that faces poor socioeconomic conditions and malnutrition. Health conditions, like HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and other respiratory deceases overwhelm the already strained health care system. This becomes exponentially worse when people do not have access to potable water as the municipal supply often fails.
With the addition of the FWWF borehole, both the health facility and school can provide the water needed for proper hygiene. The school is now better able to prepare a daily meal for students, which is often the only decent food that some learners have for the day.
Kuyga Public Primary School in Gqeberha serves 1,012 learners and 22 teachers. The area suffers from extreme poverty, poor health and malnutrition, all of which are exasperated by the lack of clean water available.
A new FWWF-funded borehole can help alleviate some of these challenges. It is projected to provide 43,488 L of potable water a day (11,488 gallons) for use by the school and the surrounding community.
Masifunde Changemaker Academy is run by Masifunde Learner Development – a public benefit organization with over 15 years of experience. The school, and the surrounding community, encompass around 12,000 residents. With no potable water nearby, residents experience many health-related issues, including HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and other respiratory deceases, like tuberculosis.
With the addition of a FWWF-funded borehole, residents and students will have access to 52,128 L of water a day (13,770 gallons). This water can be a critical tool in helping improve hygiene and nutrition in the community.