TRAILBLAZER FOUNDATION Overview
Target demographics: the poorest of the poor get water first, then work on improved agriculture techniques. We focus on health, food security and income generation.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 7,000 villagers get access to clean water, 150 students get flip flops, 150 families receive rice, 150 families receive mosquito nets, 30 farmers receive agriculture training..
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Trailblazer works closely with the Cambodian Government to ensure their work efforts are prioritising the villages most in need. Their focus is to bring a permanent supply of fresh water to as many Cambodia families as possible using very simple bio sand water filters and drilling wells. Once the village's most basic need is met, Trailblazer works with them on developing agriculture projects that the villages can then continue themselves to raise their standard of living and become self sufficient.
Geographic areas served: Siem Reap Province Cambodia
Programs: Bio Sand Water Filters, Wells, Agriculture, School Construction , Sustainable Development, and Cambodia Assistance
Other activities in 2012 include:
• Installation of 384 bio-sand water filters
• Drilled 90 pull pump wells and 2 deep bore filtration wells
• Delivered 200 RainFresh filter units to 200 families in Bakong district
• Delivered 44 point-of-use solar units in Angkor Thom, Puok and Prasat Bakong district
• Conducted deliveries of 1,055 boxes of PUR water sachets to Siem Reap, Kompons Speu and Otdormeanchey provinces equating to over 2.5 million liters of clean water
• Distributed 150 mosquito nets to families in Romdoul village
• Distributed 153 pairs of flip flops to primary school students in Bos Tatrav village, Angkor Thom
• Distributed 27 bicycles to students in Kbal Krapeu village
• Distributed 330 fish fingerlings to establish a fish farm in Bos Tatrav village
• Distributed 35 bags (1,750 kg) of rice for 150 families in Bakong district
• Coordinated a GlobalMedic team to provide medical clinic service for 250 patients in Bakong district
• Conducted 3 agriculture training sessions: 2 courses for oyster mushroom production with an average participation of 10 villagers per session and 1 course for growing edumame with 17 participants
In 2012, there were 93 active loans secured from the village funds of 13 villages. The total capital amount for these 13 village funds in 2012 was $4,513.05 USD. Loans were made to qualifying villagers for:
• the purchase livestock,
• paying for medical care costs,
• purchase of rice,
• starting up a small business,
• toilet construction,
• home improvements,
• hiring labor for plowing and rice harvest,
• repair of motorbike or bicycle, and
• Municipal improvements.