Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia

by Trailblazer Foundation
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Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia
Building Latrines - Better Sanitation in Cambodia

On behalf of Trailblazer Foundation and the Board of Directors, I want to express how grateful we are for your support of our work in rural Cambodia. Your selfless act of giving has made a powerful impact in developing ripples of sustainability through community water projects. 

With your gifts in the first half of 2018, Trailblazer improved health conditions and directly benefitted: 

  • 965 people by installing 193 bio-sand water filters 
  • 265 people by drilling 53 wells 
  • 115 people by conducting 23 sanitation and hygiene trainings 
  • 2,250 people by conducting 45 agriculture trainings on homestead gardens 
  • 150 people by consulting with Farmer Community Group members to assist and monitor their progress and success 

Trailblazer also: 

  • distributed 50 bicycles to students going into the secondary level of school, and will distribute another 50 bicycles before the year end 
  • began the construction of two primary schools, Beng and Tapang - each school has six classrooms that can accommodate 480 children (40 students per classroom, with two sessions a day) 
  • and will construct 4 latrines for the Tapang school

Pursuant to a recommendation made by a GlobalGiving In-the-Field representative after visiting Trailblazer's worksite in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we are consolidating the three health projects listed on our GlobalGiving project page. The products we provide our village partners through our Health Program [bio-sand water filters, wells and latrines] will now be listed together in one project - “Advancing Health and Hygiene in Rural Cambodia”.  We hope you will continue contributing to one or more of these health project options.

As a donor, we would like to include you in our email and/or mailing lists, so you can learn more about the impact of your support and other ways you can help by receiving updates and newsletters.  If you would like to be included in this list, please let us know by emailing us at  If at any time you wish to stop receiving these updates, please let us know or use the convenient opt-out option in our emails.

The best way to show how much your continued support means to us is to say THANK YOU!!!  Our success of providing improved health, food security, education, and economic growth is only made possible by the continued generosity of our supporters, like you. 

With deep gratitude, Chris Coats, Executive Director / Co-Founder


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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.

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One family's latrine
One family's latrine

In the developed world, we understand the importance of proper sanitation and the impact it has on our health. In Cambodia, many rural families do not have a latrine. Instead, they are forced to use the area around their home, contaminating their and the entire community's water supply, adding to the serious problem of poor health conditions.

Having to relieve oneself in the open poses risks and challenges, especially for women and children. A latrine is not only a more comfortable, safe place for individuals to dispose of their waste, but latrines keep flies away from the waste. Flies carry germs from thuman waste to other areas, resulting in the spread of diseases, which can lead to death. With a latrine, flies cannot make contact with the human waste, therefore, the threat of diarrhea, worms, cholera, and typhoid fever is reduced.

With the installation of a latrine, the recipient family receives training on the proper use and maintence of their latrine, along with the importance of good sanitation and the impact it has on improving their health. It is important they understand these basic facts. Trailblazer knows this education is needed to ensure the project is successful.

The time to install latrines is during the dry season, which is January through June. When the rainy season hits, the land floods and makes construction of latrines impossible. The rains are coming to Siem Reap province. It is important that we work now to help rural families achieve improved sanitation and health.

However, we have not reached our goal in funding to be able to provide latrines to rural families on our list who are wanting, needing, a latrine. We need your help, today, to make this project become a reality and bring those families a safer, cleaner environment.

Thank you for your support of this important, live-saving, project.


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Basic latrine construction Trailblazer provides
Basic latrine construction Trailblazer provides

The year is new, and much is yet to happen before the rainy season hits.  It is especially important to construct latrines during the dry season, January through June.  The rainy season makes construction of latrines impossible because the land becomes flooded.  Without a latrine, villagers have no choice but to defecate on the ground around their homes, contaminating their water sources.  

Most people are aware of the direct connection between good health and the ability for a person to prosper. In most developing countries, it is as simple as children being able go to school when they are healthy, and parents having enough time and energy to work in the store, the home, or the fields.

Lack of adequate sanitation causes more deaths than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined.  Latrines reduce the amounts of ground surface Ecoli and typhoid which contaminate crops and surface water used by villagers.  Latrines provide a more comfortable, safe and private area for use by all beneficiaries, especially women and children. The best way to improve sanitation and hygiene in poor rural villages is to build latrines.

To that end, Trailblazer's Health program primarily focuses on providing clean water to families and villages, and the construction of latrines to help increase a family’s, or village’s, overall hygiene.  Starting with clean water allows access to increased health and sustainable livelihoods. Safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty.

With your support, Trailblazer will be able to provide the cement rings, concrete cover slab, and walls for up to 100 latrines, [at an average of 5 people per family] you will be helping 500 villagers.  Recipient villagers will be invested in the project by providing the dirt for the foundation, to avoid contamination in the flood season, as well as construct the walls and roof structure.  Each family will also receive training on sanitation and hygiene, and how to improve their health with the proper use of a latrine.

We hope you will continue to help us in this cause to reduce illness and improve villagers' health and livelihoods.

Thank you.  Our work is not possible without your generous support.

Basic wall and roof provided by recipient
Basic wall and roof provided by recipient
Upgraded latrine building
Upgraded latrine building
Improved latrine building
Improved latrine building
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Location: Fort Collins, CO - USA
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Project Leader:
Chris Coats
Executive Director
Fort Collins, CO United States

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