Health
 Cambodia
Project #14107

Clean water for hundreds of villagers in Cambodia

by Trailblazer Foundation
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Seven Year Old Well-Drilling Truck
Seven Year Old Well-Drilling Truck

World Travel Company Abercrombie & Kent Supports Trailblazer's Well Drilling and Water Filter Delivery Activities

In terms of staff and finances, most of Trailblazer Foundation's resources are devoted to our Health program, which focuses on providing access to abundant, clean water through the distribution of wells and water filters, and better sanitation through the construction of latrines.

This work ties into a worldwide health strategy known as WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), to improve health, life expectancy, student learning, and other benefits in developing countries.

Within this context, Trailblazer is best known for our efforts to drilling new wells and provide water filters to rural families and villages. Each year we set out to drill and deliver more wells and water filters than the year before (66 wells and 420 water filters in 2015). We expect to reach that goal with the support of an important, and notable, partner - Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy.

As you may know, Abercrombie and Kent (A&K) is one of the world's foremost luxury travel company, and has been offering adventure and luxury vacations throughout the world since 1962. Working through Abercrombie & Kent's global offices, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) is dedicated to preserving natural habitats, protecting wildlife and promoting the welfare of indigenous communities throughout the world.

Late last year, Trailblazer signed an agreement with AKP to deliver a new well and water filter to forty-five families in the Siem Reap area - one of A&K's travel destinations. We are both pleased and honored to be working with AKP, both because of their commitment to the places they visit, and because their support will help Trailblazer meet our well drilling and water filter goals for 2016 (160+ new wells drilled, 450 water filters). We are grateful for their support, by providing about one-quarter of our well-drilling budget for 2016, and about one-tenth of our water filter deliver budget.

 

Trailblazer Foundation Raises $10,000 for New Water Filter Truck, Now on Crowdfunding Campaign for a New Well Drilling Truck

In April, Trailblazer initiated a fundraising campaign with our existing donors to purchase a new water filter delivery truck for our field team in Cambodia. Our goal was to raise $6,000 of the $10,000 we needed for a new truck, and we were succcessful. We secured the remaning $4,000 from two sources: [1] a $2,500 contrinution from Friendly Planet Travel, another partner of ours in the business of offering travel tours around the world, and [2] $1,500 from selling our dying nine-year old truck in Cambodia.

In early June, we initiated a second campaign to purchase a second work truck – this time to replace our now seven-year old well-drilling truck. This time, we are using a crowdfunding campaign to inspire new donors to support Trailblazer’s activities in rural Cambodia. Through our online campaign (using the Generosity/Indiegogo crowdfunding platform), we are seeking funding from new sources, new donors, new supporters to Trailblazer.

Almost every weekday, our Cambodian field staff loads our well-drilling truck, and heads to the rural villages of Siem Reap province to bring new wells to our constituents. Our well drilling team uses its truck to transport the equipment and materials needed to drill new water wells, or construct the above-ground piping and concrete foundation for that new well. Each well Trailblazer drills is used by 3-5 families, and provides easily-accessed water for both human and agricultural uses.

As with our water filter delivery truck, we need to raise $10,000 for this new well-drilling truck. The good news is that Friendly Planet Travel has again offered to contribute $2,500, if we raise the initial $7,500. In the first five days of this six-week campaign, we have already raised $1,500. A great start!!!

Truck Being Towed To The Shop - Again
Truck Being Towed To The Shop - Again
The Engine and Car Chassis In Same Condition
The Engine and Car Chassis In Same Condition
Time For A New Well Drilling Truck
Time For A New Well Drilling Truck

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The Thiessens meet the recipient of their donation
The Thiessens meet the recipient of their donation

In early February, the management staff of Trailblazer Foundation and Trailblazer Angkor (our Cambodian affiliate NGO) took the Thiessen family, from Miami, Florida (USA), to visit a well. However, it wasn't just any well. It was the well the Thiessens paid for as donors to Trailblazer Foundation. 

The Thiessen family - Todd, Victoria, Lucy, and Natalie - were visiting Siem Reap and Angkor Wat as part of their seven month world tour (see http://bigtrip2016.com for more details). We think their visit to Svey Chek village, where they met some of the Cambodian family who is benefitting from the Thiessen's generous contribution, was an experience the American parents and daughters won't soon forget (see attached photos).

Meanwhile, Trailblazer Foundation continues to provide wells and water filters to rural vaillages throughout Siem Reap province, our geographich area of focus, and home to the world renowned Angkor Wat complex of ancient religous temples. 

For 2016, we have commited to constructing and delivering at least as many new water wells and bio-sand water filters as we produced in 2015: 65+ new wells, and more than 400 new water filters. Each well provides water for 3-5 families, and each water filter is delivered to a family. 

This year, Trailblazer Foundation is particularly pleased to be working with Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, the philanthropic arm of the international luxury travel company. A&K has funded the construction of 66 wells, and an equal number of water filters.

Trailblazer Foundation is grateful for Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy's support, the Thiessen family's support, and the financial and emotional support we receive from all of our donors. We encourage you to join this growing community of people, businesses, and foundations who want to help Trailblazer develop ripples of sustainability through our community water projects. Then, when you are next thinking about an international travel adventure, consider coming to visit our work, and maybe your contribution, in action.

Mother shows Thiessens how to use pull pump well.
Mother shows Thiessens how to use pull pump well.
Thiessens encourage Cambodian boy to play marbles.
Thiessens encourage Cambodian boy to play marbles.
Game on, and the local expert wins.....
Game on, and the local expert wins.....
Group photo of Cambodian and U.S. families.
Group photo of Cambodian and U.S. families.
And the well that brought these families together.
And the well that brought these families together.

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Another family with a Trailblazer water filter....
Another family with a Trailblazer water filter....

“Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering.” --- The Buddha

This truth explains why Trailblazer Foundation’s first priority is the health of our partner communities. In Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, where we work, water-borne diseases are the greatest threat to health.

Our health program focuses on providing clean water to families and villages. This includes digging wells to access water, and constructing bio-sand water filters to purify it. Additionally, we work with our partner villages to build latrines, a critical step in improving the hygiene and sanitation of our rural communities.

By the end of 2015, Trailblazer Foundation, in conjunction with our Cambodian affiliate Trailblazer Angkor, will have drilled 66 new wells (which provide water for 3-5 families each), constructed 420 new water filters (typically one per household), and delivered 2660 boxes of PUR (a quick results water purification solution). Also, we built new latrines for 62 families in five villages.

Your support during 2015 helped make these significant accomplishments possible, and we thank you for your generosity. Your financial support enables us work with our partner villages to move them from surviving to thriving.

You can stay up-to-date on our water projects, and our other rural community development activities, by:

1) Visiting our website (where you will find our new presentation about Trailblazer's purpose and programs): http://thetrailblazerfoundation.org

2) Signing up for our quarterly updates here: http://bit.ly/1IQPB3d

3) Following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrailblazerFoundation/

Water-borne diseases are a health risk In Cambodia
Water-borne diseases are a health risk In Cambodia
TF Health program focuses on providing clean water
TF Health program focuses on providing clean water
TS digs new wells and constructs water filters.
TS digs new wells and constructs water filters.
We then deliver our water filters to the community
We then deliver our water filters to the community
With your support, 66 new wells & 420 new filters
With your support, 66 new wells & 420 new filters

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Semi-automated well drilling equipment
Semi-automated well drilling equipment

Trailblazer is proud to report that so far in 2015 nearly 2,000 more rural villagers have clean drinking water with the installation of 126 bio-sand water filters, and over 400 villagers now have access to water with the installation of 25 wells.  With access to water villagers are irrigating gardens, raising fish and improving their overall health along with increasing their ability to generate income.

Addressing another clean water issue.  Trailblazer received a 40 foot container, nearly 5,000 boxes, of Proctor & Gamble PUR water purification sachets.  That is enough sachets to purify over 20,000,000 liters of water!  Each packet purifies 10 liters of water.  The majority of these PUR water sachets are being distributed to thousands of villagers living out on and around Tonle Sap Lake where our bio-sand water filters are not appropriate. 

Trailblazer's latrine project to improve the sanitation and hygiene for 62 families in Preah Ko Chas village was made possible by the generous donation of $5,000 from SSKIDS [Simple Supper for Kids in Desperate Situations] at their 18th annual soup supper.  The village population served has 565 people, of which 259 are female with 157 children below the age of 14.  Latrines reduce the amounts of ground surface Ecoli and typhoid which contaminate crops and surface water used by villagers, and provide a more comfortable and private area for use by all beneficiaries, especially women and children.

Children helping unload PUR water sachets
Children helping unload PUR water sachets
Bio-sand water filter recipient
Bio-sand water filter recipient
Proud owner of a new latrine
Proud owner of a new latrine

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Village woman trying out her new water filter
Village woman trying out her new water filter

In the last three months the Trailblazer Water Filter team has delivered and installed 102 bio-sand water filters to new families.  This means another 1,500 plus individuals will now have access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing dishes, resulting in an improvement to the health of their families so they can work and farm more effectively to better support their family.

Because our Water Filter and Well Drilling teams are frequently in rural villages and have a good relationship and report with villagers, some villagers reported that they were having a problem with their bio-sand water filter.  These families understand the importance of clean water and wanted to once again enjoy the benefits of potable water.  The Trailblazer team, therefore, spent time to maintain those 26 bio-sand water filters that were not functioning properly.  Now over 300 individuals will be able to keep themselves healthy because of the repair made to those bio-sand water filters.

The village woman in the photo, though her life is simple and she and her family are true victims of poverty, living in a palm leaf hut, owning no livestock, having no food stocks or means of transportation, Trailblazer has been able to give them the most basic of needs, clean water, and hope of a better life thanks to the kindness of donors who wanted to make a difference.

You too can make a difference.  It's not complicated, all it takes is a willingness to help.  With $80 USD you can impact 15 people [that equates to one, two or three families] by providing them with the gift of a bio-sand water filter.  A gift that keeps on giving!  Please, give today.  Thank you for helping make the world a better, healthier place.

 

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Trailblazer Foundation

Location: Jackson, WY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.thetrailblazerfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Chris Coats
Jackson, WY United States

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