We welcome the Rotary Club of Scarborough to the family of Rotary Clubs that have supported Trailblazer over our twelve year history.
January, 2017: Like all but a few social impact nonprofit organizations, Trailblazer Foundation depends on the generosity of our donors to fund our work. Our donors (primarily individuals, foundations, Rotary Clubs, other social service organizations and businesses) provide financial support in one of three ways: General Support; Program Support; Products or Services Support.
Many donors choose to fund specific products or services, because doing so allows them to see the direct connection between their contribution and the individual or family recipient (ex: the donor receives a photo of a family standing next to a new water filter, or the donor knows a student has a new bike to greet to school).
For many years, we at Trailblazer have kept the requested donation for most of our products and services at the same “price point,” even as the cost of “doing business” has gone up. For 2017, we have decided to increase the requested donation for most of our products and services, to reflect the increased cost of that product or service. You can read more about this change here.
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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).
Thanks to Aaron Youngberg for "picking" Trailblazer as his beneficiary on this unique sounding opportunity. Sweet music to our ears.
Friendly Planet Travel once again showing how supportive they are of Trailblazer Foundation.... we are grateful!!!
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)