In the news, we regularly hear about poverty and need across the globe, of people struggling and living with hunger and disease. In Siem Reap province, the second poorest province in Cambodia, Trailblazer is providing rural villagers with healthy water through our filters, an abundant consistent supply of water from our wells, and better sanitation with latrines.
It all starts with water. There is little dispute amongst the Trailblazer Board, staff and recipients that when we provide access to water and clean potable water their families are healthier and have more energy. Adults are better able to work and provide for their families. Children can attend school and continue their education. The third component for improving health is having latrines.
The rainy season is in full swing and making the construction of latrines difficult until the end of the year when the rains stop. However, we can still have an impact on improving the enivronment and lives of rural families in Siem Reap province in another way. Trailblazer has been focusing on helping the communities where we work by conducting sanitation and hygiene trainings.
These trainings are preparing families for when it is possible to construct a latrine for them. Additionally, by providing these families with more education about sanitation and hygiene they are able to take what steps they can now to improve their situation until they receive a latrine. So far in 2018, Trailblazer conducted 23 sanitation and hygiene training sessions, directly benefitting 115 people and working to improve the health conditions for those communities.
So, although we cannot construct latrines at this time, you can still provide a family with a safe, comfortable, and sanitary place to relieve themselves. With your donation of $175 now, Trailblazer will be financially positioned to begin constructing latrines as soon as the country-side dries out enough do so. Our goal for 2018 is to construct 100 latrines, directly helping 500 people (at an average family size of 5 persons).
I think we can all appreciate the impact a latrine would have for anyone, especially for women and children. We need your help to make this project become a reality and provide 100 more families with a safer, cleaner environment for improved health conditions.
Thank you so much for your support.