It was late at night on Oct 2 when the judges cast their votes and announced Meas Chantha – affectionately known as Jack – had won gold at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019 in London.
“Mr Meas ticks all of the boxes, with the qualities and natural attributes of an exceptional guide – he’s the one that I want to go on tour with the most,” says judge and seasoned British tourism veteran, Alex Graeme.
Read the article in full by Gerald Flynn / Khmer Times at https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50647864/its-official-the-worlds-best-tour-guide-is-cambodian/
“Mere access is not enough. If the water isn’t clean, isn’t safe to drink or is far away, and if toilet access is unsafe or limited, then we’re not delivering for the world’s children,” said Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF. “Children and their families in poor and rural communities are most at risk of being left behind..." read the article in full at http://bit.ly/2x6xCTX
By proclaiming the International Day of Education, UN member states recognized the importance of working to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels – so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities to participate fully in society and contribute to sustainable development. Read more...http://ow.ly/sgvn30nrlkt
School children in a classroom in Gao, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino
17 August 2018: This is another interesting article about efforts being taken to improve energy technologies in Cambodia. At this point in time, most of the rural families that Trailblazer is helping are still located outside any electrical grid. This effort gives me further hope that conditions for the majority of the country's population will continue to improve.
09 August 2018: You may find this article interesting. It is good to see Cambodia taking steps to improve their environment by going green!
December 11, 2017: The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) board of directors recently approved more than $50 million in loans to help expand and improve urban water supply and sanitation services in four of Cambodia’s largest provincial cities.
November 6, 2017: The government has unveiled four strategies to eliminate malnutrition in the country, especially among children. Prime Minister Hun Sen is enlisting state institutes, partners and NGOs to join the fight to eliminate malnutrition as the country holds national nutrition day today. Mr Hun Sen said the first strategy advocates to increase quantities and quality of food...
September 30, 2017: The idea with this project was to look objectively and conduct a medical assessment on how Expert-Exchange alongside other Doctors and professionals could help with Cambodia’s medical system and infrastructure. Expert-Exchange and Dr Messer from One Good Turn completed a brief medical assessment over an 8 day period in September of 2017.
July 27, 2017: Plastic Free Cambodia shares about a common fear amongst travelers to Cambodia is safe drinking water. Here’s a guide to where you can get drinkable water without using 4.6 million plastic bottles. In Siem Reap, it’s estimated that 4.6 million water bottles are generated by the tourism industry alone....
July 11, 2017: This year’s winners are hubs for culture....When it comes to Asian cities, Travel+Leisure readers are shifting their allegiances. This year’s World’s Best list leans heavily toward ancient traditional capitals and tropical resort towns, rather than the sprawling, futuristic super-cities that have often dominated the rankings in the past.
June 19, 2017: The Khmer Times interviews the outgoing country director for World Bank, who reflects on the value of education, and outlines three ways to help farmers raise their productivity and incomes. His recommendations for Cambodia supports Trailblazer Foundation's comprehensive rural community development strategy.
April 25, 2017: A recent article in The Phnom Penh Post explains that, "an apparent US State Department budgetary document shows the body plans to gut foreign aid to Cambodia, completely eliminating all development assistance and slashing health programs funded by the State Department and USAID as well." This article was based on original article inForeign Policy Magazine.
April 18, 2017: Long Beach is home these days for survivors of the Killing Fields. But they pay close attention to what’s going on back home in their native Cambodia. And, so, community leaders were eager to meet with visitors from an international development group working in rural Cambodia.
April 9, 2017: "Sisters Emmy and Rae Specht came home to Bellport from a family trip to Cambodia determined to help address the Southeast Asian country’s rural poverty and lack of safe drinking water. Seven years later, they and two of their friends have raised $280,000 to build one school and provide clean water for thousands of rural villagers in Cambodia." Some of those funds supported Trailblazer.
February 20, 2017: Cambodia has long been a matriarchy—a culture in which women are considered to be the more powerful and important gender. Females, especially mothers, often hold the central roles of political leadership, moral authority, and control of property.
February 6, 2017: Angelina Jolie is giving a first look at her new film and longtime passion project, "First They Killed My Father". The film is based on the autobiography of Cambodian human rights activist and friend of Jolie’s Loung Ung.
January 19, 2017: Matt Damon's first statement at this talk set the stage for what was a good discussion about water and sanitation: "As I started to look at issues of extreme poverty that I wanted to get involved in a little over ten years ago, I was just shocked by how water underpinned everything."
November 21, 2016: In its recent "State of the World's Water 2016" report, the international NGO Water Aid said that Cambodia has made greatest improvement in increasing access to water.
November 2, 2016: A recent article in the Khmer Times starts by explaining that "The public has spoken and among their top priorities for spearheading sustainable development in Cambodia are eradicating poverty, administering quality education and achieving peace and justice."
October 26, 2016: The Phnom Penh Post article explains how a recent study found that, in Cambodia, "the reduction in children’s exposure to open defecation can statistically account for much or all of the increase in average child height between 2005 and 2010."
September 3, 2016: Siem Reap is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. However, according to a recent article in The Cambodian Daily, most of the money coming in from the tourist industry fails to reach the people of the local communities surrounding Siem Reap. "In the midst of the tourism boom, local people’s livelihoods have not improved."
August 13, 2016: Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman, reporting from Phnom Penh, said that "Children across the capital Phnom Penh are trying out these snacks and researchers say the initial results seem promising."
August 11, 2016: This article states by explaining that, "Though the rice-planting season has started and nationwide rice cultivation this month has been higher than planned, farmers are worried that adverse weather events caused by climate change will ruin their crops."
August 9, 2016: As explained in this article, "In Southeast Asia, the year is divided into two periods: the dry season and the rainy season, which usually reaches Cambodia in May and lasts until October. The arrival of the rains is key for farmers in the region — it’s when they start planting and wells for the rest of the year are filled."
July 21, 2016: While we at Trailblazer are not entirely sure, we think our efforts to provide water filters and wells are included in these numbers. What we do know is that there is still much work to be done. Trailblazer will continue increasing that percentage closer to 100%.
July 18, 2016: "Women’s inclusion and empowerment in Cambodia’s burgeoning financial sector is crucial for the Kingdom’s economic growth, said delegates yesterday at a regional economic forum." This is why Trailblazer is working with the local Women's Development Center.
April 25, 2016: According to the director of Nutrition and Health at the World Food Center, "Malnutrition continues to be a high priority in Cambodia. Despite the recent improvements in child health from efforts to reduce poverty, improve education, and promote immunization and breastfeeding, 40 percent of Cambodian children are stunted."
March 18, 2016: A new farm west of Siem Reap is "hoping to change the way that businesses and individuals in the city get their greens, and without relying on Siem Reap’s notoriously poor soil quality to do so." Trailblazer started using the same promising technique at our agricultural research plot (part of our office complex in Siem Reap) in 2015.
February 25, 2016: The World Bank's Vice President for East Asia and Pacific makes an economic case for addressing malnutrition in the region, and supports the U.N.’s inclusion in the new Sustainable Development Goals the goal of ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030
December 21, 2015: Article in the Phnom Phen Post explains how approximately 3 million students in Cambodia "are at risk of drop-out or under-performance as a result of inadequate basic infrastructure, according to research by a coalition of civil society groups."
November 21, 2015: This week is Geography Awareness Week, established by National Geographic Society to ensure that the United State’s youth are Geo-literate—that they understand how Earth’s interconnected human, ecological, and geophysical systems function.
November 12, 2015: Research published in The Lancet shows that, despite reducing maternal mortality by 44% between 1990 and 2015, the world fell short of the Millennium Development Goals' 75% reduction target. Cambodia was one of ten success stories in reaching that target.