• Uganda Filters Update: Testimonial from the Field

    In the community of Kaberamaido, Uganda, Surge has partnered with local Ugandan organization Prince of Peace for Orphans and Widows (POPOW) to provide long-lasting, sustainable, locally sourced solutions. Ceramic filters, manufactured by Spouts of Water, were distributed to 160 families. We recently received a testimonial from Florence Ringe, Project Director at POPOW, highlighting the importance […]

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  • Kili Climb Kickstarts Uganda Project; 1,600 Will Have Water Access

    In February 2015, Surgers Melina Faria and Shilpa Alva summited Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for water projects in East Africa. They successfully raised US $5,895 – one dollar for every meter climbed. This campaign kickstarted Surge’s vision to summit a much higher mountain – ending the water and sanitation crisis in East […]

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  • Chicago Teens Learn About the Global Water Crisis

    Skylar — a 17 year old from Chicago, Illinois — founded the very first Surge for Water high school club at Lane Tech College Prep, where she is a senior this year. Here’s an update from Skylar on the club’s activities and what they have learned. From Skylar: I wanted to give an update about Surge Eco […]

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  • Surge’s Start: How and Why We Seek to Change the World

    Shilpa Alva is the executive director of Surge. Born and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and most recently a resident of Chicago, Illinois, Shilpa now volunteers for Surge full-time, traveling the globe to build and maintain field partnerships, teach Surge’s signature WASH sanitation training, and raise awareness for the global water crisis. Shilpa’s Story I’m often […]

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  • Nepal Field Update: 7,200 People Now Have Access to Safe Water

    A few weeks ago, we announced a new partnership with Wine to Water in order to provide safe water access to Nepal’s earthquake victims. Our goals are both immediate relief and longterm, sustainable solutions. Already, the results have been powerful: We originally expected to reach approximately 1,660 beneficiaries, but due to strategic positioning of the […]

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  • Surge Visits Cambodia: Update on Partnership with RDI

    Written by Surge volunteer Phil McCarter. Read his first three field updates from the Philippines here, here and here. After the Philippines, [Surge co-founder and executive director] Shilpa and I continued on to my final stop of the trip, Cambodia. I think it is definitely safe to say that this country was not what I had expected at […]

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  • Surge Visits the Philippines: Tacloban, the Site of Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Written by Surge volunteer Phil McCarter. Read his first two updates from the Philippines here and here. Our final, and longest stop in the Philippines was in Tacloban; a small city in the central province of Visayas. As you may know, this was one of the cities that were battered by Super Typhoon Haiyan (or […]

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  • Surge Visits the Philippines: Field Updates from Davao

    Written by volunteer Phil McCarter After we left Manila (read all about it here), our next stop was Davao, a stunning part of the country located in the southern province of Mindanao. Its lush, rolling green hills came as a pleasant contrast to what we had just experienced in Manila. Here, we were meeting with […]

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  • Surge Visits the Philippines: Phil’s Story

    Written by Phil McCarter I like to think I have always been at least somewhat altruistic, having donated to various charities here and there since I was quite young. While I knew such acts were having some form of positive impact, no matter how small, a desire to actually go and physically make a personal […]

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  • Nepal Earthquake Relief: Surge Sending Water Filters, Hosting a Chicago Fundraiser

    Two devastating earthquakes recently struck Nepal — on April 25 and May 12. Together, they affected more than 8 million people, killing more than 8,500, injuring 21,000 and displacing nearly 3 million families from their homes. As the country tirelessly works to rebuild, our help is needed more than ever. This disaster has destroyed much […]

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