Distributing Bikes to Students in Rural Cambodia

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Summary

Much of what Trailblazer Foundation does, as a community development NGO in Cambodia, is work to break the cycle of poverty. One way to do this, especially on a generational level, is to ensure kids can go to school. In addition to building new schools, we provide bicycles to students in our partner villages, so these youth can travel the long distance to the nearest school. In 2018, Trailblazer has committed to delivering 100 bikes. We hope our Global Giving campaign will fund half those bikes.

$2,750
total goal
$2,245
remaining
10
donors
1
monthly donor
6
months

Challenge

Every day, many children in Cambodia must walk long distances to get to school. As a result, these kids start their school day physically tired, and possibly hungry from the commute. This is particularly true for students in secondary school, as these schools are often shared between villages. This truth about life in rural Cambodia no doubt impacts these youths' ability to get a good education. In fact, many of these students simply drop out of school, because of the long walk to school.

Solution

By providing bicycles to students in our partner villages, Trailblazer addresses one of the biggest barriers to Cambodian youths gaining an education. This simply action results in two other benefits as well. Trailblazer requires students who receive a bike to sign a contract that says they can keep the bike if they take good care of it, and their grades in school. Also, other members of their family often use the bike, including the parents (who may not have a bike, let alone a car).

Long-Term Impact

For poor rural Cambodians, having to spend lots of time and energy to simply travel to meet their daily needs is one factor that keeps them in a state of poverty. The bicycles that Trailblazer Foundation provides students helps address this poverty for two generations: the young students, and their parents. With an average family size of five, the 50 bikes we hope to fund through Global Giving in 2018 will directly benefit 250 people - now, and well into the future.

Resources

http:/​/​www.thetrailblazerfoundation.org
www.thetrailblazerfoundation.org/​education.html

Organization Information

Trailblazer Foundation

Location: Fort Collins, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.thetrailblazerfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Chris Coats
Executive Director
Fort Collins, CO United States

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