In 2014, the Franklin Wells for the World Foundation 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 was founded in 2000 by the community after seeing an increase in the drop-out rates for children in the community, especially among girls, due to the long distance to the nearest school (Shimukuni Basic school is located approximately 6 km from Mwanje). The community mobilized themselves and constructed temporary structures and the school was run by community members as volunteers.
In 2008, the community resourced local materials and cheap labour to build a three-classroom building, which is still not yet completed even after receiving government funding. Part of the government funding was used to put up another two-classroom block. Currently the school has a total of five classrooms.
The nearest source of water for the school was a community borehole about 1.5 km away, and the entire community of about 4,000 people collect their water from the same borehole. The borehole was equipped with a hand pump, which was often broken.
The Franklin Wells for the World Foundation drilled a well at the school, equipped it with a Franklin Electric Solar Pumping System, and erected two 5,000 L overhead tanks, one for the school and one for the community.
The Mwanje School project was donated by Franklin Electric’s Board of Directors, in honor of it’s recently retired Chief Executive Officer, R. Scott Trumbull.