the issue

In Uganda, a country of 41 million people, 24 million lack access to safe water, and 29 million lack access to improved sanitation.

The remote northeastern district of Kaberamaido where most our work is focused is home to 230,000 people. The locals often describe the region as the “forgotten land.” Heavily contaminated lake water and unprotected springs are the main drinking water sources. Additionally, in this district, 80 percent live below the poverty line, 11 percent are orphans and vulnerable children, and 7 percent are HIV positive.

our impact

Since 2015, our work has impacted tens of thousands of families in Uganda. Our completed projects include: rehabilitation of wells; protection of natural springs; construction of latrines and rainwater harvesting systems; distribution and installation of household and community water filters; and the implementation of our signature training programs on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and menstrual hygiene education.

Families who once shared contaminated water sources with animals now have safe water. Children who once had their health threatened by broken down toilets now have their health and dignity restored. Through our work, we’ve provided thousands of local jobs and communities have seen improved school attendance, health, income, infrastructure, and many other advances in their overall well-being.

a process of success

Surge delivers customized solutions in support of sustainable change.

fixing a water source




making a local difference

Surge’s grassroots solutions have a direct, tangible impact on the communities we serve.

“Our dignity as girls has been restored since we got a new latrine. We no longer share a latrine with the boys. We even have a changing room now! Girls education has been reestablished. Thank you for helping our school and for loving us. Long live our donors, and long live Rwabarata Primary School.”

– 12 year old, Niwandinda Rachael
Ntugamo, Uganda

our partners in action

Surge works hand-in-hand with local partners to design and implement the right solutions.

“Before Surge, much of POPOW’s ideas remained in the book with no funds or additional ideas to bring them to reality. We were like a bird without wings to fly. We are so grateful and appreciative of Surge’s immense, invaluable support. Together, we have transformed and changed the lives of over 70,000 people in Kaberamaido. The once invisible community is now visible!”

– Florence Ringe
Director, Prince of Peace – Orphans & Widows (POPOW)

field partners

Surge’s long-term partners on the ground play a critical role in the success and longevity of our projects.


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