September, 2017: Trailblazer Foundation is holding its first ever raffle. This is an opportunity to support Trailblazer’s work and possibly win a one-of-a-kind handmade scarf, blanket, bag, artwork or other item, some of which were made directly in Cambodia, all of which are designed to reflect the culture of the people we serve.
All proceeds from this raffle will go toward the purchase of twenty-five sewing machines, which Trailblazer will give to graduates of a five-and-a-half month sewing training for local women. This project is part of Trailblazer's Economic Development program.
Our goal for this raffle is to raise $5,000, which will cover the purchase of twenty-five sewing machines. To that end, we have already had one company make a noteworthy financial commitment. Friendly Planet Travel, which hosts upscale journeys to destinations around the globe (including Siem Reap and Angkor Wat), has committed $2,500 to this campaign.
As Friendly Planet Travel has done with Trailblazer in the past, they will offer their contribution as a dollar-for-dollar match to the first $2,500 in financial contributions Trailblazer receives through this raffle. So, please know that if you purchase your raffle ticket(s) early, your contribution will be matched by Friendly Planet Travel.
We welcome the Rotary Club of Scarborough to the family of Rotary Clubs that have supported Trailblazer over our twelve year history.
Friendly Planet Travel once again showing how supportive they are of Trailblazer Foundation.... we are grateful!!!
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- In 2017, Trailblazer will continue our most well-known activities at their present levels (providing wells, water filters, and schools), expand those activities that complete our well-rounded rural community development strategy (agricultural trainings, and income-generating opportunities), and purchase some much needed new equipment (to replace our aging well drilling and water filter construction equipment). Specifically, we will:
- construct and distribute water filters to 450 rural families (with an average of five people per family).
- drill new wells for 100 Cambodian families.
- provide 50 families with a new latrine, and the better hygiene that comes with it.
- expand our Food Security Program so we can provide agricultural trainings to 180 people (an 80% increase in trainings from 2016).
- secure the funds needed to build a new secondary school in a rural Cambodian village, which will provide an education to approximately 400 children.
- work with 30 graduates of our agricultural trainings to launch a Farmer Community Group, through which these farmers (almost all women) will grow crops specifically for sale to stores and/or restaurants in Siem Reap City.
- donate 20 sewing machines to the local Women's Development Center, to be given to graduates of the Center's sewing training, so each graduate has a machine to work with at home, to make and sell clothes and other textiles/products.
- provide each of the 24 Village Funds Trailblazer helped launch during the last 12 years with capacity building training (these Village Funds are a micro-loan program that enables rural villagers to get the capital they need to start or grow a business or meet some other financial need).
A new supporter sends Trailblazer a great note about why she donated the cost of a well for a rural family (see December 14th Facebook post)
As a nonprofit organization with our headquarters in the United States, Trailblazer Foundation received our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS on March 3, 2005, and a confirmation letter of our nonprofit status on August 25, 2010 (see IRS letters here).
Trailblazer Foundation has a Gold Level designation from GuideStar (see profile here).
Thanks to Aaron Youngberg for "picking" Trailblazer as his beneficiary on this unique sounding opportunity. Sweet music to our ears.