Most people are aware of the direct connection between good health and the ability for a person to prosper. 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. Ways to combat these diseases is to provide access to clean water and to improve hygiene. Trailblazer's Health program primarily focuses on providing clean water and constructing latrines for families and villages.
Water-borne diseases are the greatest health threat in Cambodia's Siem Reap province. Trailblazer provides access to clean, healthy water by building latrines, digging wells to access water and constructing and delivering bio-sand water filters to purify the water (both surface water and well water). Well water is cleaner than surface water, but still not always safe to drink. Rural villagers typically use the well water for their gardens, which improves a family's food security, as well.
In 2018, Trailblazer expects to construct and install a minimum of 450 water filters, drill 100 wells and build 50 latrines for families and villages in Cambodia's Siem Reap province (one rural family has a provincial average of 5 people per household). With improved health, children are able to attend school, parents have enough time and energy to work in the store, the home, or the field, and families can live a fuller, happier life.
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