GlobeMed at Indiana University partners with Trailblazer Foundation to support water sanitation systems for families in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Who We Are// GlobeMed at IU
Founded in 2010, GlobeMed at Indiana University works with Trailblazer Foundation in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Together, we work to support water sanitation systems for families in the local communities.
Our Partner// Trailblazer Foundation in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Trailblazer Foundation in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was founded by Scott and Chris Coats in 2004. The organization initially focused on school projects, but the couple quickly learned that water sanitation was a larger priority in the community. Approximately 1 in 7 children in the community were exposed to water-borne illnesses that could then cause further problems, such as malnutrition and poverty. Since then, Trailblazer has begun a clean water program, which has distributed over 4,000 water filters to rural families and schools in the Siem Reap community.
The mission of the Trailblazer Foundation is to:
1. To develop self-sustaining projects and programs that rely and depend upon local talent and skills
2. To provide opportunities for self-employment and economic independence
3. To reduce dependency on international aid
4. To promote world peace
Our Project // $4,000 to Support Water Sanitation
GlobeMed at Indiana University supports Trailblazer’s bio-sand water filter project. This project consists of creating the water filter mold from cement and filling the filter with gravel and sand to create the filter. The water that comes out the filter is sanitized and safe to drink. These filters are produced at Trailblazer’s work site and are then taken by Trailblazer staff to the villages. The workers distribute water filters and relevant educational materials around filter use and upkeep to families and schools in the community. Each filter costs $80 to produce and distribute and provides clean water for approximately 20 individuals.
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