In every country Surge works, we pay close attention to the remnants of the colonial past and take steps to ensure that our work is an active part of decolonization.
With more than 7,100 islands, the Philippines is known for its abundance of beautiful beaches and fertile farmland. Its villages are home to diverse indigenous people who are usually the last to gain access to services like safe water. The country has been ruled by outsiders for most of its modern history, first by the Spanish (1565-1898), as a US Territory (1898-1946), and by the Japanese (1942-45). In that time, Filipinos suffered war, political and economic instability, and countless hardships.
Today, the Philippines has made significant leaps toward progress, securing water for a large percentage of its urban population. But much more work is needed, especially in the most remote places.