In 2017, Franklin Wells for the World Foundation put forth continued effort toward its mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective water supplies to suffering communities, focusing on Africa, where the need is greatest.
Searching for potable water sources is a daily chore for over 2 billion women and children across the globe. In what is sometimes described as a “six-hour journey,” rather than attending school, predominantly girls, spend many hours each day hauling water from pumps and basins to their homes and communities. These children, who are consistently exposed to hazardous, unpotable water sources that have been contaminated by water-borne bacteria, contract diseases such as cholera and life-threatening diarrhea.
This year, leveraging Franklin Electric’s innovative products, FWWF completed the following projects in 3 different countries in southern Africa, benefiting the lives of nearly 18,000 people:
Jabulani Camp, Ladysmith, South Africa
Jabulani Camp is an organization that operates with community project managers, community facilitators and community-based volunteers. They train women groups and youth groups, focusing on 16 schools, reaching 3,200 teenagers in poor communities and on 2,000 women, who care for 10,000 family members in local communities. They have community gardens, each with 10-20 members, supplying food for 50-100 family members.
Due to three years of drought, their existing well ran dry. While rain has picked back up, the water supply had yet to replenish.
Chimwara Co-Operative School, Zimbabwe
The Chimwara School was formed by the community in 2001, due to the lack of any schools in the area and the nearest Government institution being 45 km away. Chimwara is run and managed by the community and parents. The school covers grades 1 to 7. Funding of all books and literature is provided by the community from crop production and livestock sales.
The school previously had a well run by a non-efficient, gas generator, that could only be used when funds were available for fuel, as well as one electrical pump situated far from the community that was extremely expensive to maintain.
Molo Primary School, Tororo District, Uganda
Molo Primary School was founded in 1936. The original shelter used was grass thatched, but later, in 1953, was replaced with a four classroom block. Currently, the school has five classroom blocks with a total of eleven classrooms, two offices, a store, and a nursery.
Previously, their nearest source of water for the school was a community well with a hand pump about 1 km away, from which the entire community, of about 6,000 people, collected water.
Tuba Primary School, Tororo District, Uganda
Tuba Primary School was founded in 1942. The school has eleven qualified teachers and over 650 students. The population for Tuba community, Kiporo Zone is estimated at 3,500. Tuba Primary School is located 16 km away.
Their previous water supply was an inadequate borehole with a hand pump 200 meters away.
Ssaayi Bright Primary School, Saayi Wakiso District, Uganda
Ssaayi Bright Primary School was founded in 1966, and currently consists of ten teachers and 300 students. The community and parents grow vegetables and passion fruit around the shcool to supplement the students and teachers.
The previous source of water for the school was a hand-dug shallow well located approximately at 1 km away, containing contaminated water. School children and teachers had to leave over an hour early to retrieve water before school, which greatly affected school attendance.