Four years ago, Franklin Wells for the World Foundation responded to the appeals of a Kenyan schoolmaster trying to provide for the needs of sixty students, most of whom were AIDs orphans. With no fresh water at the school except for rainwater collected off the roof, students often had to carry in water from polluted ponds and rivers up to ten kilometers away.
In 2012, FWWF drilled a 130 meter deep borehole on the school grounds, installed the pump system—and radically changed life at the school, which now serves over 300 students. The availability of safe, fresh water has reduced water-borne disease and made vegetable cultivation possible, greatly improving the childrens’ nutrition—and even supplying surplus vegetables that are sold to fund other school needs.
Unlike well-intentioned—but not well-executed—wells installed by other charities and NGO’s, the Nakuru well has proven the sustainability of the FWWF model. By bringing together a local team of water professionals and installing a system designed for the conditions and needs of the village or school, fresh water can become a reliable and transformative resource.