Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021: GAIA

Each year the region’s A+D community comes together to celebrate sustainable designs in support of Surge’s mission. This year’s theme “GAIA” challenges designers to create pieces that are deeply connected to and representative of nature. Designers are challenged to capture our changing planet and humanity’s role in this change by considering all four dimensions of sustainability — social, ecological, economic and worldview.

Surge for Water invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions to help end the cycle of poverty. Surge Middle East increases awareness of the global water crisis, contributing to a culture that cares, feels responsible and practices sustainable daily habits to preserve local water resources.

What’s New

Today, on World Water Day, the region's Architecture & Design community join forces with Surge to celebrate water and raise awareness of the global water crisis. This year, Surge is spotlighting the 34 "Companies That Give Back". Together, they are working towards a world where every person has access to safe water. Watch as each company pledges to work hand-in-hand with Surge to create a happier world.

Happy World Water Day!

Latest News on Surge for Water:

Meet DDD 2021 Headline Sponsors:

Acoulite, Milliken & SURFACE ELEVEN

Kicking Off the Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021

It’s that time of the year, when the design community starts stirring, and the hum and buzz of Surge begins.

Surge’s Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021: GAIA

Calling all design firms! Create, innovate and change the world. Join Surge’s Design Challenge 2021!

Conversations with Design, Dine, Make a Difference's Global Advocate Sponsors

We sat down with our ‘Design, Dine, make a Difference’ Global Advocate Sponsors to learn more about their motivation behind sponsoring Surge; their connection to this year’s theme - GAIA; and their personal connection to it all.

Love That Design Announces the Region’s First Sustainable Design Awards in Partnership with Surge for Water

The MEA region will welcome its first environmentally-focused, interior design awards this year – The Sustainability Awards 2021 by Love That Design, taking place in December 2021.

Meet Surge’s DDD 2021 Community Developer Sponsors

Surge believes that each of us have a collective responsibility to create a better world. By working together our individual contributions are amplified creating a “ripple effect”– whose waves of impact can be felt in far reaching parts of the world.


Surge for Water


International Humanitarian City, Office 208,
United Arab Emirates

Surge for Water invests in safe water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health solutions to help end the cycle of poverty.

Founded in 2008, Surge has impacted over 1,000,000 people in 11 countries. Our work includes: construction of wells, springs, rainwater harvesting systems; installation of household and community water filters; construction of toilets; and the implementation of customized hygiene and menstrual health education programs. Surge is actively delivering its sustainable, holistic, community led programs in Haiti, the Philippines and Uganda. Through our work, entire communities have seen improvements in infrastructure, health, dignity, education, income, and many other advances in the overall well-being for generations to come.

Surge is headquartered in Chicago, USA with a branch office in Dubai.


Contact Details:
International Humanitarian City,
Office 208,Dubai, UAE

Team members:


Shilpa Alva

Founder & Executive Director at Surge. 

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Executive Director

Marita Peters

Middle East Executive Director at Surge.

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Mriganka Travasso

Creative Director at The Total Office Partner at styleGREEN Founder at Plumsheep and Design Director at Surge.

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