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 in Cambodia.
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, a nonprofit, 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 in rural Cambodia.
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 in rural Cambodia, 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.