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. Most villagers want to learn how to grow crops and raise animals that will provide their families with a greater diversity of foods, ones that are plentiful and nutritious. Trailblazer Foundation provides “Homestead Garden Training,” which focuses on the basics of growing crops for personal and family consumption—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 nine schools and two libraries. Trailblazer reduces another barrier to education: transportation and school uniforms. We provide hundreds of bicycles and school uniforms to our partner villages so students have the proper attire and 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.