Oct 9, 2018

Thanks for your support in 2018

On behalf of Trailblazer Foundation and the Board of Directors, I want to express how grateful we are for your support of our work in rural Cambodia. Your selfless act of giving has made a powerful impact in developing ripples of sustainability through community water projects. 

With your gifts in the first half of 2018, Trailblazer improved health conditions and directly benefitted: 

  • 965 people by installing 193 bio-sand water filters 
  • 265 people by drilling 53 wells 
  • 115 people by conducting 23 sanitation and hygiene trainings 
  • 2,250 people by conducting 45 agriculture trainings on homestead gardens 
  • 150 people by consulting with Farmer Community Group members to assist and monitor their progress and success 

Trailblazer also: 

  • distributed 50 bicycles to students going into the secondary level of school, and will distribute another 50 bicycles before the year end 
  • began the construction of two primary schools, Beng and Tapang - each school has six classrooms that can accommodate 480 children (40 students per classroom, with two sessions a day) 
  • and will construct 4 latrines for the Tapang school

Pursuant to a recommendation made by a GlobalGiving In-the-Field representative after visiting Trailblazer's worksite in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we are consolidating the three health projects listed on our GlobalGiving project page. The products we provide our village partners through our Health Program [bio-sand water filters, wells and latrines] will now be listed together in one project - “Advancing Health and Hygiene in Rural Cambodia”.  We hope you will continue contributing to one or more of these health project options.

As a donor, we would like to include you in our email and/or mailing lists, so you can learn more about the impact of your support and other ways you can help by receiving updates and newsletters.  If you would like to be included in this list, please let us know by emailing us at info@thetrailblazerfoundation.org.  If at any time you wish to stop receiving these updates, please let us know or use the convenient opt-out option in our emails.

The best way to show how much your continued support means to us is to say THANK YOU!!!  Our success of providing improved health, food security, education, and economic growth is only made possible by the continued generosity of our supporters, like you. 

With deep gratitude, Chris Coats, Executive Director / Co-Founder


Aug 13, 2018

We have reached half our 2018 goal!

One way to break the cycle of poverty, especially on a generational level, is to ensure that children have the opportunity to go to school. Trailblazer has two parts to its Education program: building schools and providing bicycles so students can continue school.

Trailblazer Foundation’s first education project, in 2005, was to construct a primary school building. Since then, Trailblazer has constructed seven school buildings and two libraries. This year, two more school buildings are currently under construction. Each six classroom building can support 480 students, 40 students per classroom, two sessions per day.

Additionally, Trailblazer works to reduce a barrier to education by providing bicycles to our partner villages, so students can travel to schools within their district. This is particularly true of students in Junior and Senior High School, as not every village has one of these schools (they are often shared between villages). Without a bicycle, many students would simply drop out because their secondary level school is just too far away.

To date, Trailblazer has distributed 50 bicycles to students going into the secondary level of school. This is 50% of our 2018 goal. Now these 50 students have a means of travel to and from school and are able to continue their education.

You can help make the next half of the year have as much success by supporting a rural student's education. With a donation of $55 another student can receive a bicycle.

Thank you for your gift and for making a difference in a student's life.

Aug 13, 2018

Making An Impact Through Clean Water

Water-borne diseases are the greatest health threat in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province. In Cambodia, a country of fifteen million people, there are more than nine million cases of diarrheal disease annually, estimated to cost the nation about $448 million a year. These diseases are most easily combatted by providing access to clean water.

For Trailblazer Foundation, providing access to clean water includes both digging wells to access water, and constructing and delivering bio-sand water filters to purify both surface water and well water (the latter of which is cleaner than surface water, but still not always safe to drink). 

Constructing and delivering our bio-sand water filters to villagers is Trailblazer Foundation’s first priority, in terms of the services and products we provide. We distribute more water filters than wells, because most families already have access to some sort of surface water, although the water is typically not healthy for human consumption. This explains why water filters are the product or service most requested by the villages, through the local needs assessment process.

Given that one family each uses a water filter, with an average of 5 people per family, Trailblazer has benefitted 965 people so far this year by installing 193 bio-sand water filters.

Trailblazer is very grateful and proud of raising money because people are inspired to give for products and services which support the important work done in Cambodia. Our passion for improving health conditions and reducing poverty for our rural village partners cannot happen without your help.

You have the power to be an agent of healing and hope for rural villagers. Every gift counts. I want to thank all our donors for their continued support. Your contributions are making a difference and transforming the lives of people in rural Cambodia every year.

Thank you for bringing clean water and hope of a better life to rural families in Siem Reap province.

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