• World Water Day Hero: “Surge provides real and practical solutions to the community.”

    March 22nd, World Water Day, is when several thousands of organizations and people around the world celebrate water. It’s an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, to be inspired, and to inspire others to take action that makes a difference. Here at Surge, we are especially excited about this year’s theme of water and jobs. […]

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  • World Water Day Hero: Anel Adea, Project Hearts

    March 22nd, World Water Day, is when several thousands of organizations and people around the world celebrate water. It’s an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, to be inspired, and to inspire others to take action that makes a difference. Here at Surge, we are especially excited about this year’s theme of water and jobs. […]

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  • World Water Day Hero: Ruben Ottenwalder, Project Hearts

    March 22nd, World Water Day, is when several thousands of organizations and people around the world celebrate water. It’s an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, to be inspired, and to inspire others to take action that makes a difference. Here at Surge, we are especially excited about this year’s theme of water and jobs. […]

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  • Cambodia Field Update: 4,700 People Now Have Clean Water

    In 2006, only 65 percent of the Cambodian population had access to an improved source of drinking water, and only 28 percent of the population had access to improved sanitation. Surge has been working in Cambodia since December 2011 with Resource Development International-Cambodia (RDI) to help more people gain access to clean water and improved […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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