Friendly Planet Travel Pledges Final $2,500 For Campaign To Purchase New Well Drilling Equipment
July 17, 2017 - We have raised $15,000+, and our very supportive friends at Friendly Planet Travel, through their Friendly Planet Foundation, have committed to providing the final $2,500 toward the $20,000 Trailblazer needs to purchase new well drilling equipment. So, if we can raise another $2,500 to get us to the $17,500 mark, Friendly Planet Travel will contribute the last $2,500. With new well drilling equipment, we can continue providing rural villagers access to water from a source other than their traditional pit well (as shown in this photo). You can learn more about this fundraising campaign, and make a contribution to help us reach our goal, at this link.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.