Students with their bicycle
We are happy to report that we have met half of our 2018 Education Program goal with the successful purchase and distribution of 50 bicycles!
A big Thank You goes out to INTO Giving, a United Kingdom-based organization that supports disadvantaged children's education and their teachers across the globe. INTO Giving presented Trailblazer with a $2750 grant which allowed for this project to begin.
To describe how this project was coordinated, the local director for Trailblazer, Mr. Ratanak, attended meetings with three of the districts with which Trailblazer works: Bakong, Soutr Nikum and Chikreng. At these meetings district officials and other NGO [non-government organization] partners were in attendance. The Chikreng district education officer, Mr. Bunthorn, approached Mr. Ratanak and asked if Trailblazer Foundation could help the remote schools in his territory. Mr. Bunthorn was aware that Trailblazer has an education program and is working with districts to advance their education programs. Mr. Ratanak replied that Trailblazer had the funding for 50 bicycles to be given to students in need, and asked Mr. Bunthorn to source remote schools where there was a need for bicycles for its students.
On May 7, 2018, Mr. Bunthorn called to report he had located three primary schools with students identified as poor and in need of a bicycle. Those three schools were: Ta Por Primary School, Kok Thlong Primary School and Dong Pa Av Primary School. A distance of 78km from Siem Reap city.
As part of Trailblazer's due diligence, Ratanak called the Pongro Krom commune chief to double-check and confirm these three school locations and that the students of those schools were properly identified as needing bicycles. All fifty families held a Cambodian government identification card identifying them as level 3 poor. [Poor levels rate from level 1 which equates to $.70 per person per day, to level 5 which equates to $3.75 per person per day. The international poverty line is $1.25 per person per day.] *See link for further details.
With the schools and students having been identified, Ratanak proceeded with the project and organized for the distribution of the 50 bicycles on May 9, 2018 to the students of the three schools.
As part of Trailblazer's implementation process, recipients of the bicycles must agree to:
- pay $1.75 for the bicycle;
- maintain and repair the bicycle;
- keep good attendance at school; and
- maintain good grades
Here are photos of the distribution and the meeting with recipients to discuss the criteria.
Thanks again to INTO Giving for helping us reach half of our goal to provide bicycles to 100 students in 2018. With your continued support and contributions we hope to meet our goal in its entirety.
a line of bicycles
Meeting with recipients of bicycles