After the recent Nepal earthquakes, Surge again partnered with Wine to Water (also our partner in the Dominican Republic) to distribute water purification filters, helping thousands of individuals access clean water. Recipients include schools, community centers, and groups of homes to ensure many can benefit from each filter.
Following the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013, Surge pledged to join forces with local partners to implement long-lasting, sustainable water and sanitation solutions. At the start of 2015, this pledge continued when Surge volunteers delivered the signature WASH program 17 times to nearly 650 people.
In late 2012, Surge began our WASH program for Haitian youth. Surge team members return to Haiti annually to deliver the training, and expand our school and community partnerships.
In several countries, including the Dominican Republic, Surge trains community health advocates, as shown here. In turn, the advocates make in-home training visits to ensure families have the information needed to effectively use and maintain the water filters.
In parts of India, women and children travel an average of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) per day to collect water, hauling 20 kilograms (44 pounds) each trip. To ease this burden, Surge partners with Wello to provide the Water-Wheel, an innovative water-transport device.
Approximately 40 percent of Haitians lack access to clean water. Surge partners with FilterPure and Mabouya Dlo Pwop to provide locally produced ceramic water purification filters to families in Jacmel and Croix des Bouquet. This simple technology has reduced the devastating spread of cholera.
In Chicago, Surge volunteers build awareness of the global water crisis through nonprofit fairs, meet-ups, panel discussions, and movie screenings. The team also hosts an annual fall gala, often featuring field partners who help educate attendees on the importance of sustainable solutions and provide product demonstrations.
Surge’s Dubai team has created unique approaches to adult education, including the Design, Dine, Donate gala. For the 2014 event, Surge asked UAE interior designers to create innovative and sustainable seating elements. Following presentations on the water crisis, the designs were auctioned to support Surge’s educational and field efforts.
To alleviate child illnesses from unsafe water, Surge supports the construction of water harvest tanks and rope pumps on wells, as well as the distribution of water purification filters, with a particular focus on schools, which often serve as the water source for an entire community.
Surge’s signature youth education program, Water: The Global Passport, takes students on a virtual journey around the world to foster understanding of water-related challenges. Through hands-on educational games, participants learn about the water crisis and ways to conserve their local water sources.