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.
News on Trailblazer Foundation's Activities
March 2018 - Clean water is crucial for all life and is the prime reason Trailblazer Foundation focuses – first and foremost - on providing clean water, first and foremost. During the past 14 years, with your help, we have provided access to clean, healthy water to tens of thousands of rural villagers in Cambodia. We have accomplished this by distributing wells and biosand water filters. These activities are at the core of our Health program, the first step of Trailblazer’s interconnected strategy to help our rural partners progress from survival to sustainability. In this newsletter, I will describe the interconnectedness of our comprehensive rural community development strategy and how it works. We have witnessed that when people have access to clean water, other development naturally occurs.
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.
With our headquarters in the United States, we are officially recognized by the IRS as a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
See and experience the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, rural villages, floating villages, the country’s largest lake, and other sites along the way with Chris Coats. This is Trailblazer Foundation’s first-ever tour to Cambodia, and Chris is looking forward to sharing this unique and diverse experience with you.
As your host and personal guide throughout the week, Chris will introduce you to Trailblazer’s Cambodian staff, work along side of you at Trailblazer’s worksite, share lunch with you in a rural village, join you in touring and shopping at the local Women’s Development Center, and be with you for all other activities.
SEPTEMBER 14 - 20, 2018
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.