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Trailblazer’s vision is to empower self-sustaining economic independence. Our goal is to provide the villagers in rural Cambodia with tools and information so that they can rely on their own local talents and skills rather than being dependent on international aid. We build upon programs which promote community and individual growth.
We have a long history of working within the Cambodian government structure to identify, assist and monitor marginalized families and communities in improving access to water, food security and income generation beyond subsistence.
Trailblazer strives to preserve the cultural integrity of the villages where we work by using a bottom up approach and participatory model of community-based development. This process occurs each fall, when chiefs from the province’s many communes come together to pitch the infrastructure needs of the villagers within their commune.
Together, with ongoing investments from our supporters, we are making a real difference in the lives of thousands of poor rural families every year. Donors are vital to the continuation of our work and are the backbone to Trailblazer Foundation.
Since our inception in 2004 as a nonprofit, Trailblazer has worked with more than 300 villages in Siem Reap province.
Why should I give monthly? To make an even greater impact. With consistent monthly giving it makes implementing our four programs (Health, Food Security, Education and Economic Development) easier because we know the funding will be there.
Your support is more crucial than ever for our work to continue long term.
We welcome individuals interested in volunteering, interning and fundraising at our work site in Cambodia or from your home. We expect that your greatest satisfaction will come from knowing you are helping a number of rural Cambodian families.
Because past civil wars, political unrest, and genocide set the stage for significant rural poverty in Cambodia today.
There are several reasons why Cambodia is such a poor country, some with their roots in past events, and some due to present-day issues. Collectively, these influences have left one in five Cambodians living in poverty.
The plight of Cambodia’s rural villager is what inspired Trailblazer Foundation’s co-founders, Chris Coats and Scott Coats, to create a nonprofit that focuses on Siem Reap province and clean water.
Moving Rural Cambodian Families from Survival to Sustainability….