Tong Saruen and her family in the Ta Trav village were first identified for aid by the Trailblazer Foundation in 2012. Trailblazer is now working directly in 19 villages and indirectly in 16 other villages with partner NGOs encompassing 52 different villages, 35 communes and 6 districts.
For more information, please visit thetrailblazerfoundation.org.
By providing training and appropriate technology, The Trailblazer Foundation empowers rural villagers to create self-sustaining programs. Their focus includes water projects, school construction, and community development in order to foster healthy families, sufficient food, and sustainable incomes.
Trailblazer Foundation strives to preserve the cultural integrity of the villages we work in by using a participatory model of community-based development. This model allows the villagers to identify their needs and empowers them to work in partnership with us to find sustainable solutions to their most pressing needs. It is, and always has been, the mission and goal of Trailblazer Foundation to build upon self-sustaining programs which promote community and individual growth. As part of an exit strategy our Cambodian management staff have been trained to manage projects and programs in-country and stand on their own. This ensures a fluid continuation of projects and programs that are up and operating, and gives them experience in working with various facets of business while providing a source of income for their family, and our other Cambodian staff.
This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.
Producer: Patricia Parris
Director: Spencer Byam-Taylor
Cinematographer: Jack VanderToll
Editor: Spencer Byam-Taylor
Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at www.actualitymedia.org