Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia

by Trailblazer Foundation
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Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia
Improve Health with Clean Water in Rural Cambodia

Perhaps it’s time to give you a brief history of Trailblazer Foundation and its Health Program accomplishments. Work that could not have been accomplished without the generous support of our donors, and we are deeply grateful.

Trailblazer has been in existence 18 years - since April 2004 - and has been working in Siem Reap province, Cambodia since January 2005, when the co-founders moved to Siem Reap to begin making a difference. 

Our bio-sand water filter project began February 2006. There has been a minimum of 6,867 filters installed between 2006 and 2021. At an average family size of 5 persons, that means at least 34,335 people have clean drinking water. However, bio-sand water filters are designed to service 15 people. So, depending on how families are clustered, the number of people with clean drinking water could actually be more like 103,005.

Between 2005 and 2021 there has been 1,777 wells drilled.  At an average family size of 5 persons, that means a minimum of 8,885 people have access to water for personal and irrigation purposes. Wells can service one to three families depending on how families are clustered, so the number of people with access to water could actually be 26,655.

In 2015 we began constructing latrines, and 369 have been constructed since that time.  At an average family size of 5 persons, that means that a minimum of 1,845 people have a dignified, safe, sanitary place to toilet.

Over all, at a minimum, donors have provided 45,065 people with water and sanitation to improve their health and their livelihoods. If you calculate the numbers at the capacity of the products, donors [you] have helped change the life upwards of 131,505 people. That is no small feat!

We thank everyone who has contributed to making such a lasting impact over the years for tens of thousands of poor rural villagers. We encourage you to share Trailblazer to those you know, tell them why you support us, and that they too could be making an impact to last a lifetime.

Success in life is not about what you have achieved, but whether or not you have made a difference. You have been making a difference! Let’s continue making life a bit brighter and better for those in rural Cambodia who have few other options. Thank you.

 

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Through the years, Trailblazer has collected many stories from beneificiaries of our products and services about how their lives have been changed because of our aid. Here is one such story....

Jomreoun and her family live in a small village in the Pouk district of Cambodia. Access to water is essential to her well being and that of her husband and their child. Like Jomreoun, 12.3 million others in Cambodia do not have access to a piped water supply. This makes up 70% of Cambodia’s total population (World Bank 2015). Instead, Jomreoun’s water came from her father’s house where she would have to walk everyday to collect. She described this water as dirty, it caused her family sickness, requiring them to spend money on medical expenses. Sometimes they experienced shortages of water, which she said wasted time and energy, and increased their health problems.

Jomreoun and her family received a well and biosand water filter from the Trailblazer Foundation in 2017, and since then she reports her life has changed drastically. With a well and filter on her own property, Jomreoun has access to water she describes as clean and good tasting. Her family’s health has improved greatly and they no longer have to spend money on medicine. Her garden has improved with better access and quality of water. With no more water shortages, Jomreoun can use this access to water to drink, cook, bathe her child, and grow her garden without worry.

Reliable and safe access to drinking water is a foundational step for development and wellbeing of rural Cambodian communities. With clean water, illness decreases, enabling children to attend school, and adults to have more time to work and grow food. It allows communities to flourish and achieve higher quality of life.

We sincerely appreciate and thank our donors who give generously to help improve the lives of poor rural Cambodian families and reduce levels of poverty - one family, one community at a time. Your financial gifts truly are making an impact and changing lives.

 

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Mrs. Un
Mrs. Un

Having access to water and clean water is vital to life. Water that is contaminated is linked to transmission of diseases and poor sanitation, which exposes people to health risks that would otherwise be preventable. Contaminated drinking water causes hundreds of thousands of people to die each year from diarrhea. Data shows that 8 out of 10 people living in rural areas lack access to water and clean water.

Trailblazer works to reduce the spread of disease and improve health conditions for people living in rural areas by providing access to water through wells, and clean water with biosand water filters.

Below is one story of Mrs. Un and her family who were one of several families that received a biosand water filter and water pump well from Trailblazer in 2021.

Mrs. Un, 61 years old, lives in Kbal Krapeu village, Reul commune, Puok district with her son’s family. This family has four bicycles and one motorbike for transportation, and 10 chickens, which speaks to their level of poverty.

Mrs. Un reported that before they received the well and biosand filter from Trailblazer, they had difficulty getting water to drink and use for cooking. The well they had been using was about 100 meters from their home, and they did not have a filter to use. They used the water directly from the well, and without proper disinfection it made them sick and suffer from diarrhea. Because of this problem, it had an impact on their family's economic status, especially due to the loss of time to earn a living.

Mrs. Un continued saying, that after they attended the Clean Water and Hygiene Training from Trailblazer and received the water pump well and biosand water filter they recognized that their health situation improved and they were less sick with no more diarrhea. They also no longer had problems getting clean and safe water.

Lastly, they are very happy to have had Trailblazer come to their village and give them access to clean water and provide knowledge of body hygiene and sanitation training. They are healthier and happier, thanks to Trailblazer.

drilling a well
drilling a well
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Hand Washing station
Hand Washing station

Trailblazer began construction of a primary school in Kok Dong Chas village, Kok Dong commune, Angkor Chum district, Siem Reap province early February 2021. The village has a total population of 1,195 people within the 280 families who live in Kok Dong Chas village. The land is certified and registered under the community’s name protecting it as school property, and is located 63 kilometers from Siem Reap city in the center of Kok Dong commune.

Kok Dong is the most populous village in the area, and did not previously have a school building for its students. Students in Kok Dong Chas village have been traveling to surrounding villages to study.

Currently there are 272 students who are of the primary school ages - under 11 years of age. With a new school in the area it is estimated that there will be an average annual growth of 72 new students who will attend the Kok Dong Chas primary school.

Along with education playing an important part in combating poverty, access to clean water and good sanitation plays a vital role in keeping students and teachers healthy enough to attend school. Through the generous donations of two donors, Trailblazer is nearly finished with the construction of a filtration/hand washing station system at Kok Dong Chas Primary School.

With the rural school being remote, and limited access to good water sources, the need for clean water and better sanitation for its student population was all the more essential. Trailblazer is thankful for the donors who contributed to making this project a reality and providing a sustained healthy environment.

Tanks being delivered
Tanks being delivered
Delivery of station parts
Delivery of station parts
Sink part to station
Sink part to station
Delivery of hand washing system
Delivery of hand washing system
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Hong family
Hong family

Although a latrine is a not a glamorous gift, it is life changing to the families who receive one. In 2020, Trailblazer installed 86 latrines benefitting 430 villagers. Below is just one story of a former receipient of a latrine and the change it made for him and his family.

In 2018, Trailblazer installed 50 latrines in Prom Kod village, Ballangk commune, Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap Province. The families who received a latrine held a poor Identity Card, which recognizes their level of poverty by the government, and which is used by the village committee to determine which families are selected to be a beneficieary of a latrine.

Before the construction of latrines begin, Trailblazer's Health Program team conduct “Hygiene and Latrine Using Training” for the recipients of a latrine to best prepare them for having and using a latrine. Among the 50 selected familes, Mr. Hong, his wife, with their 7 children were one of the families who received a latrine.

Our team asked Mr. Hong, “Where did you and your kids defecate every day?” Hong replied, “We went to the bushes outside the village. We walked passed the field into the bushes, about 600-700 meters from our house. At night it was even more difficult. I was very worried for my girls when they went to the bush at dawn or dusk so I accompanied them.” Hong continued, “At that time, all of us were in a good health, but sometimes we got sick and didn’t know why.”

After receiving the latrine and the Hygiene Training from Trailblazer, Hong said, "We found out that we were sick because we didn’t know how to clean our hands properly after defecation.” He continued, “After we received the latrine, my family no longer has to walk to the bushes. We feel more comfortable and safe to have the latrine at home. We save money on medicine because we are not sick.” Finally, Hong thanked Trailblazer for giving the latrine to his family along with the knowledge of good body hygiene.

Trailblazer wishes to thank all its supporters who have donated a latrine for a needy family. We hope you realize the improved sanitation and health you provided, as well as dignity. Thank you.

bushes across the field
bushes across the field
the family's latrine
the family's latrine
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