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.
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).
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.