Most people are aware of the direct connection between good health and the ability for a person to prosper. This manifests itself with children being able to go to school, and parents having enough time and energy to work. Unfortunately, the Cambodian government does not provide enough of the needed support the population requires.
According to a UN declaration in 1995, absolute poverty is "a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information”. It depends not only on income but also on access to services. In Cambodia, populations living under the poverty line of $1.25USD per day is defined as poor. They essentially lack resources to meet their daily needs.
Siem Reap province, where Trailblazer conducts its projects, is one of the three poorest provinces in the country. Without some sort of technical and financial support, these communities cannot develop beyond a level of subsistence, and remain in a state of poverty where they struggle to survive. Access to water and sanitation, an adequate food supply, education and economic opportunities are challenges millions of Cambodians face every day.
Trailblazer is most well-known for helping villages secure clean, healthy and an ample water supply - water is life’s basic need. Although we start by focusing on water projects, we also realize our partner villages also need ample food to feed their families.
Trailblazer provided 99 agricultural trainings to 1,064 people. This included trainings on horticulture, soil management, composting, organic pesticide and fertilizer, and chicken raising. With each trainee representing an average family size of 5, all told our agricultural trainings directly benefited 5,320 people.
Our four programs Health, Food Security, Education and Economic Development represent a well-rounded strategy toward developing sustainable communities. We provide our constituents with the products they need (water filter, well, latrine), and skills development (agriculture training).
With your generosity you can impact a family's ability to have enough food to eat. Support of our Food Security program provides agriculture training to village farmers in order to be more successful at growing food to feed their family. We with to thank and send deep gratitude to our donors who are helping provide food security to poor rural families.