May 21, 2014

May Update

filter delivery
filter delivery

Trailblazer continues its weekly distribution of bio-sand water filters to rural families in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.  We have over 3,000 filters in the field now, providing access to potable water to a hundred thousand individuals.  Each filter gives the recipient family, or families, a sufficient supply of safe drinking water every day for up to a decade.  Incidents of diarrhea diminish.  Children and their parents are healthier.  Students can attend school.  Adults can work and support their families better.  Medical expenses are reduced.  Filters are a simply, low tech system that are easy to use and maintain.  Thanks to all our supporters for giving these families clean water and hope of a better life, at a price of $60USD per filter.

Feb 19, 2014

Water Report for 2013 Program Activities

Bio-sand water filter installed at rural home
Bio-sand water filter installed at rural home

In 2013 Trailblazer's teams were able to complete the drilling of 111 wells and installation of 425 water filters because of the wonderful support of donors, like yourself.  You wanted to make a change and improve the life of a rural Cambodian family, and you did it.

Hundreds of parents and children are now experiencing a better life from the benefits of sccess to water and clean water.  They are healthier: parents are able to work and support their families, children are able to go to school and continue their education.

With access through a well they are able to irrigate a garden and provide more nutritional food for their family, along with earning some income by selling the excess produce.

Thank you for being the catalyst for change, for bringing them water and giving hope of a better life to these hundreds of families.

Well provided to rural family
Well provided to rural family
Dec 2, 2013

Progress on September's challenge

Mother using a bio-sand water filter for her child
Mother using a bio-sand water filter for her child

First, I wish to thank everyone who made our September Challenge campaign a great success.  We raised over $5,000 to support our water programs.  That means that over 80 rural families will get clean drinking water, improving their health with better sanitation and hygiene conditions.  Children won't suffer from water borne illnesses and will be able to stay in school to get an education leading them toward greater success.  Adults won't be sick and will be able to work better, earning more income to support their families.

Trailblazer Foundation has been installing bio-sand water filters for nearly 8 years now and has well over 4,000 delivered to rural villagers in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.  Yet each year the list of those in need grows. 

Trailblazer is known for tackling greatest needs and following through on its commitments.  This reputation has opened doors and is critical to building on established relations over time.  Each year Trailblazer is invited to attend Integrated District Workshops to review priority lists of identified needs and sign agreements to help using a participatory model of community-based development.  Water is a typical priority because it allows people to drink, bathe and irrigate.  Our team, right now, is collecting new data of identified needs and villages from five different district workshops.

One of the most telling indicators for a lack of development is water access, food security, nutrition, and health status of the people.  One of the easiest ways to combat poverty and disease is to provide access to clean water sources.  Bio-sand water filters ensure water from any water source is potable, immediately reducing the impact of water borne diseases.  With a bio-sand water filter there is no need to boil the water after filtration to make it safe to drink.  They are easy to use, save villagers’ time, money and firewood, and ultimately improve their overall health and the environment.

When there is access to water, associated developments can occur to improve livelihoods and establish sustainable commerce.  Our list of projects for 2014 may appear overwhelming, but Trailblazer's effectiveness in helping improve health and reducing poverty will bring hope to thousands.  Your generousity allows us to continue helping, one family at a time, one village at a time.

Bio-sand water filter installed at rural home
Bio-sand water filter installed at rural home
Volunteers sifting filtration media at work site
Volunteers sifting filtration media at work site
Trainees on building bio-sand water filters
Trainees on building bio-sand water filters
Recipients of Trailblazer water project
Recipients of Trailblazer water project
Family at their new pull pump well
Family at their new pull pump well
 
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