Most people are aware of the direct connection between good health and the ability for a person to prosper. In Cambodia, a country of fourteen million people, there are more than nine million cases of diarrheal disease annually, estimated to cost the nation about $448 million a year. One of the ways to combat these diseases is to provide access to clean water. For Trailblazer, this includes both digging wells to access water, and constructing bio-sand water filters to purify the water.
Constructing and delivering our bio-sand water filters to rural villagers in Cambodia is Trailblazer Foundation's first priority, in terms of the services and products we provide. We distribute more water filters than wells, because most families already have access to some sort of surface water, although the water is typically not healthy for human consumption. This explains why water filters are the product or service most requested by the villages.
In 2018, Trailblazer expects to construct and install a minimum of 450 water filters in Cambodia's Siem Reap province. With each filter supporting one rural family, and a provincial average of 5 people per household, Trailblazer will provide access to cleaner, healthier water to at least 2,250 Cambodians. With improved health, children are able to attend school, parents have enough time and energy to work in the store, the home, or the field, and families can live a fuller, happier life.
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