GlobeMed at Indiana University partners with Trailblazer Foundation to support water sanitation systems for families in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
GlobeMed at Indiana University + Trailblazer
GlobeMed at Indiana University | Bloomington, Indiana
Trailblazer Foundation | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Approximately 1 in 7 children in Siem Reap will die of a water-borne illness.
“GlobeMed offered something unique: tools to problem solve via sustainable and manageable projects. These tools are empowering in a group of individuals whose personalities are matchless and have shown me the good in the world. Global health and social justice is about just that – recognizing the good in the midst of crisis.”
– Hidemi DeHays, Indiana University, ’11
About the Partnership
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
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.
GlobeMed at Indiana University strives to raise at least $4,000 in the 2015-2016 school year. This would be enough to produce and distribute 50 water filters to families or schools in need, providing approximately 1,000 individuals with access to clean water.