Cambodian community leaders meet with group
bringing aid to their home country
April 18, 2017 -- Long Beach is home these days for survivors of the Killing Fields. But they pay close attention to what’s going on back home in their native Cambodia.... And, so, community leaders were eager to meet last week with out-of-town visitors from an international development group that builds schools, libraries, wells and water filters, and provides job training, in rural Cambodia.
One way to break the cycle of poverty is to give children the opportunity to go to school. Since its inception in 2004, Trailblazer Foundation has built six schools and two libraries. Trailblazer reduces another barrier to education: transportation. We provide hundreds of bicycles to our partner villages so students can travel to school.
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Trailblazer Foundation Rural Community Development in Cambodia
Trailblazer Foundation works with the poorest communities in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, location of the world-renowned Angkor Wat. Without technical and financial support, these village communities cannot develop beyond a level of subsistence, and remain in a state of poverty where survival is a struggle.
Trailblazer is most well known for helping our partner villages secure clean and abundant water. For each of more than 50 villages, we start by helping the community to dig wells and construct water filters. In addition to pure and plentiful water, these villages also need ample food to feed their families, good education facilities for their children, and opportunities to make a living.
Our four program areas—health, food security, education, and economic development—represent a well-rounded strategy for not just giving our partner communities a proverbial fish, but helping them learn how to live in ways that are self-sustaining. Trailblazer Foundation sustainable community development in Cambodia.
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Trailblazer has learned that one of the greatest challenges to economic development is access to capital. Even small amounts of funding can help start a new business, or turn a craft into an income. Our
Village Fund process enables villagers to start or grow a business through a village-owned and managed microfinance program.
The Buddha once said: “Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering.”
Trailblazer Foundation’s Health Program focuses
on providing clean water, by working with partner villages to dig wells, construct bio-sand water filters, and build latrines — a critical step in advancing rural community health.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of sickness and death in Cambodia. To counter this, Trailblazer first builds wells so villagers can irrigate gardens or create fish ponds for improving their food supply. Next, we provide training on best agricultural and aquaculture practices—knowledge gained from our agricultural research test plots.