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.
A Year End Review of Trailblazer Foundation’s Activities During 2017
December 2017 - Back in 2004, when I co-founded Trailblazer Foundation, we adopted the tagline developing ripples of sustainability through community water projects.We chose this tagline because bringing abundant clean water to our partner villagers has been at the core of our rural community development work since day one. In this newsletter, we offer a review of our 2017 accomplishments, as well as a look at our programmatic objectives for 2018. We need to secure the funding needed to fully implement the full complement of our rural community development work. I hope you will help us reach this important goal.
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.
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.
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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