Oct 28, 2019

We Have Nearly Reached our Annual Goal

In our last newsletter we reported that we needed 20 more bicycles to "Fill the Truck" and make another bicycle delivery. We are happy to report that we have met that goal and are scheduled to deliver 31 bicycles in November!

This support could not have come at a better time! Students have just recently returned to school, and so for those students in the secondary level, they now will have transportation and do not have to worry about walking such long distances to stay in school.

We wish to thank our donors who made this upcoming bicycle delivery possible, and for helping the recipient students be able to continue their education. We are very grateful for having met this particiular goal.

However, our annual goal is to distribute a minimum of 100 bicycles to students who have gone into the secondary level of school. We are only 8 bicycles short of reaching this annual goal of 100 bicycles. And as we have noted before, when the truck is full, we make a delivery.

Your support is critical to making a life changing impact on students who still need a bicycle. We hope you will join us in not only meeting our annual goal with 8 more bicycles, but the continuing goal of filling another truck! A bicycle is only $55 and makes a huge difference in the life of a student and his/her family.

Without your continued support, rural students may simply drop out of school because they have too far to walk.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this educational effort.

Sep 4, 2019

The Lasting Impact Clean Water Can Make

Happy family with filter
Happy family with filter

Prohut village is one of many remote villages in Siem Reap province, Cambodia where Trailblazer works. In the rainy season, which is happening right now, only bicycles and motorbikes - with the help of being pushed by the riders, can travel to villages like Prohut. Villages like Prohut have less access to clean water, therefore, villagers are forced to use rain water and/or pond water to meet their water needs. However, these sources of water are not potable, even if boiled, and cause serious health issues. Few families can afford to purchase a filter from the market to have for clean water for their family.

In 2015, Trailblazer drilled pump wells and installed bio-sand water filters in Prohut Village for several families. One example the impact of having clean water and access to water can make is with Mr. Hoy and his family. Mr. Hoy and his wife Hann were one of the recipient families that received a bio-sand water filter and a pump well. They have three children. Their daughter studies in Prohut Village Primary school.

Mr. Hoy recently told Trailblazer, “Before our family received the bio-sand water filter and the pump well, we had difficulties in our living, especially problems with our health. We got diarrhea and were sick often. We faced money problems because we lost production time in our garden, and had to use the money we could earn from our hard work to pay for medicine and health care. We didn’t have enough water to raise animals or irrigate our small garden."

Mr. Hoy continued, "We were very happy when Trailblazer introduced us to the bio-sand filter and trained us about hygiene. This is very important. We lived our life without knowing that by consuming clean water it would save our health and improve our economic ability. After using the pump well and filtered water from the bio-sand filter, we noticed that our health situation improved, and continued to get better. No one is sick with diarrhea now. We can save money to buy study materials for our daughter. It has been four years now, and the bio-sand filter still works well, and we are having a productive life." 

Now in 2019, Mr. Hoy has a small tractor, two motorbikes, one bicycle, 5 cows, 15 ducks, and 10 chickens. This economic growth is clearly a result of better health because of clean water and access to water. Owning livestock raises a families level of poverty from extremely poor to simply poor. Mr. Hoy and his wife thank the donors and Trailblazer for receiving the bio-sand filter and pump well. It was life changing.

Other villagers in Prohut Village who received a bio-sand filter and pump well from Trailblazer reported experiencing a similar positive impact and benefit to their lives as Mr. Hoy and Hann have.

We wish thank all of you who aided in this effort to bring clean water and hope of a better life to rural villagers throughout Siem Reap province, Cambodia.

Jul 30, 2019

Help us Fill the Truck!

Life for rural Cambodians is not so easy. They are less well endowed with infrastructure and economic resources. There is no municipal transportation system. You can think of it as having a bike versus taking the bus to school.

A bicycle is such a simple, yet vital mode of transportation. The impact in the lives of students who do, or don't have a bicycle is significant. Without a bicycle, many students drop out of school. Students with the means to get to school, and stay in school, can keep learning and growing in their knowledge and abilities. A bicycle affords students with that opportunity.

I think we can all understand how important education is and the results a good and full education can have on being able to get a job, or a better job. Trailblazer is working to provide a way for young adults of Siem Reap province to continue their education so they can be more succesful in their lives.

In our last newsletter we were pleased to let you know that we successfully delivered 40 bicycles so far this year. We currently have donations for 16 bicycles in the bank. However, 16 bicycles do not fill the truck. In an effort to maximize our resources of gasoline and staff time, while serving as many students as possible at the same time, we wait until we have a truckload of bicycles before making a delivery.

This means we need of an additional 20 to 24 bicycles in order to fill the truck. And you can help! With your contribution of $55USD you can provide a rural student with a bicycle and help us reach the goal to give more students hope of a sustained education and a better life.

The rainy season is coming to Cambodia, and roads will become more difficult to navigate. Time is of the essence. The sooner we can make a delivery of bicycles to keep students in school the better.

I hope you will consider what difference you can make in the life of a rural Cambodian student to help them be successful, and will donate toward this cause.

Thank you.

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