Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families

by Trailblazer Foundation
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Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families
Wells - Providing Water to Cambodian Families

On behalf of Trailblazer Foundation and the Board of Directors, I want to express how grateful we are for your support of our work in rural Cambodia. Your selfless act of giving has made a powerful impact in developing ripples of sustainability through community water projects. 

With your gifts in the first half of 2018, Trailblazer improved health conditions and directly benefitted: 
  • 965 people by installing 193 bio-sand water filters 
  • 265 people by drilling 53 wells 
  • 115 people by conducting 23 sanitation and hygiene trainings 
  • 2,250 people by conducting 45 agriculture trainings on homestead gardens 
  • 150 people by consulting with Farmer Community Group members to assist and monitor their progress and success 
Trailblazer also: 
  • distributed 50 bicycles to students going into the secondary level of school, and will distribute another 50 bicycles before the year end 
  • began the construction of two primary schools, Beng and Tapang - each school has six classrooms that can accommodate 480 children (40 students per classroom, with two sessions a day) 
  • and will construct 4 latrines for the Tapang school
Pursuant to a recommendation made by a GlobalGiving In-the-Field representative after visiting Trailblazer's worksite in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we are consolidating the three health projects listed on our GlobalGiving project page. The products we provide our village partners through our Health Program [bio-sand water filters, wells and latrines] will now be listed together in one project - “Advancing Health and Hygiene in Rural Cambodia”.  We hope you will continue contributing to one or more of these health project options.

As a donor, we would like to include you in our email and/or mailing lists, so you can learn more about the impact of your support and other ways you can help by receiving updates and newsletters.  If you would like to be included in this list, please let us know by emailing us at info@thetrailblazerfoundation.org.  If at any time you wish to stop receiving these updates, please let us know or use the convenient opt-out option in our emails.

The best way to show how much your continued support means to us is to say THANK YOU!!!  Our success of providing improved health, food security, education, and economic growth is only made possible by the continued generosity of our supporters, like you. 

With deep gratitude, Chris Coats, Executive Director / Co-Founder

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Drilling equipment

In the news, we regularly hear about poverty and need across the globe, of people struggling and living with hunger and disease. In Siem Reap Province, the second poorest province in Cambodia, Trailblazer is providing rural villagers with healthy water through our bio-sand water filters, an abundant consistent supply of water from our wells, and better sanitation with latrines.

It's easy to forget how we take access to water for granted, when we can simply turn on the tap and it's there. And let's not forget the amount of water that is wasted, on average - 25% of what comes into our home, just to flush the toilet.

It all starts with water. There is little dispute amongst the Trailblazer Board, staff and recipients that when we provide clean potable water their families are healthier and have more energy. Adults are better able to work and provide for their families. Children can attend school and continue their education.

Additionally, when villagers have a well, they have a sufficient supply of water for improved hygiene and sanitation. They can establish and irrigate bigger and better homestead gardens to better feed their families. Better health and more productive gardens means rural villagers can obtain increased food security,” the second program in Trailblazer's comprehensive development strategy.

Our goal for 2018 is to provide wells to at least 100 families. With the generous support of its donors, Trailblazer is a little more than half way to reaching that goal. Trailblazer has improved the health conditions of rural families by drilling 53 wells and directly benefitting 265 people (an average of 5 persons per family). 

You have the power to be an agent of healing and hope for more rural villagers, and to help us reach our goal. Every gift counts. Your contribution will make a difference and transform the lives of people in rural Cambodia. 

We wish to thank everyone who helped make a difference in the lives of these 53 families by donating a well, giving them hope of a better life.

A PVC pull pump well recipient
A PVC pull pump well recipient
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Approximately 1.1 billion people in developing countries live without adequate access to water. Water-related improvements must occur in order to meet the United Nation's eigth Millennium Development Goal - to reduce child mortality, and improve health and nutritional status in a sustainable way.

The prevention of disease and the effective strategies to reduce disease and improve health, is the basis for Trailblazer's rural community development through the installation of wells and providing the access to a consistent and abundant water supply.

For those of us who live in developed countries, we can simply turn on a faucet and experience the immediate reward of access to water. In Cambodia, villagers often have to walk long distances to acquire water. That task typically falls to the women, while the men are working to financially support their families. Every day women throughout the world [collectively] spend 200 million hours collecting water.

The time women spend collecting water takes away from the time they have for cooking, cleaning, working, or caring for their children. A community cannot flourish, nor a country develop, if its people are too ill to work and financially provide for their families, or the children are to sick go attend school and obtain an education.

Water is vital to having good personal hygiene, flushing a latrine, washing hands, or bathing. Human survival requires the most basic of needs, water. The lack of water plays a major impact on the health of children, especially, in poor environments. A well offers the ability for regular bathing which improves the hygiene and health of the entire family.

I wish to thank all our donors who have contributed to our Health program by donating a well. To date, we have already completed 30% of the 100 wells on our 2018 well drilling schedule. These families are happy to have access to a year-round supply of water. They have new hope for better health, the ability to earn an income, and for their children to get an education.

Thank you for being part of making this significant difference in the lives of hundreds of rural families each year.

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Pull pump well
Pull pump well

Trailblazer Foundation encourages rural villagers to create self-sustaining programs by providing access to water for increased agricultural production and economic stability, and potable water for improved health and quality of life.

Complementing our efforts to provide clean water technologies to our village partners through water filters, is our effort to also provide abundant water via the drilling of new wells. In an ideal situation, Trailblazer provides each family who wants one with both a well and a water filter.  It is worth noting that wells also benefit our Food Security program, as families use the more easily accessed water for their agricultural pursuits.

One of our past beneficiaries, Kem and her husband Jom, had this to say about the well received from Trailblazer Foundation.  “Before we got the well, every day my husband went to the rice field far from home. He packed a meal and drank water from a local pond in the forest or rice field."  Kem stayed home cooking, taking care of the children and growing vegetables around the house using the water from the hand dug well.  She said, "My children and I got sick and had diarrhea often.  We had to spend a lot of money to buy medicine.  Now that we have the Trailblazer Foundation well, we have clean and clear water that we can use for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, bathing, and watering our vegetable garden.  It’s much easier now and I spend less time bringing water home, and I’m not afraid of my children falling in.”

Their only source of water prior to receiving a well from Trailblazer came from a hand dug well located about 50 meters from their house.  The water from the hand dug well was turbid and dirty, and the water level much lower in the dry season.  Sometimes animals would drink from the well and their dung would flow in.

Clean water means improved health for everyone involved, and less expenditures of the already scarce household income on medicines and clinic visits.  For many families who are counted among the poorest of the poor, health care is not an option, so access to clean water is that much more vital to ones health and well being.  Healthy children miss fewer days of school due to illness, and healthy parents are better able to work to provide income for their family.

To sum up, Trailblazer remains committed to helping families like Kem and Jom who tackle the challenges of unsafe water.  With crucial help from donors like you, more and more families will be able to have access to clean water to drink, bathe, wash clothes, and irrigate a home garden.

Our 2018 goal is to drill 80 more new wells, which will directly benefit 400 villagers (80 families with an average of 5 people per household).  As of today, we are off to a good start with donations that have been received for 10 wells, with a contract for another 17 wells on its way.  This means we are one-third of the way toward reaching our goal!

With your continued and generous support we expect to provide 400 more villagers with a well this year, so they too can realize the benefits of clean and abundant water.  Thank you.

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Executive Director
Fort Collins, CO United States

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