The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI)

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) was created in 1997 on the 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan by General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan to extend the vision & legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall by alleviating suffering and promoting hope, growth, and stability in war-torn countries. A major obstacle in many of these troubled countries is the lingering presence of landmines that remain buried in the ground long after wars have ended. Sadly, tens of millions of these hidden killers are in over 60 countries around the world. Thus, MLI's primary mission is to establish practical, affordable and sustainable indigenous programs to help severely mine-affected countries ri...
May 2, 2011

A New Beginning for a Young Mine Survivor

Essamudin after losing a leg in a mine explosion
Essamudin after losing a leg in a mine explosion

Thank you for your continued support of MLI's humanitarian work in the world's most war-torn and mine-affected countries.  Because of your generosity, we have been able to continue helping hundreds of children who have been injured by landmines.  Approximately every 30 minutes, someone is hurt or killed by a landmine and we are so grateful to have your support as we work to stop these indiscriminate killers.

In April, MLI helped Essamudin, a 10 year-old boy from northern Afghanistan, who stepped on a landmine last year. Essamudin and his father had driven to visit the home of a relative, but when Essamudin hopped out of the passenger side door of their car, he landed on a mine.  In that instant, his life was forever changed.  He lost his right leg and, living in a rural village in Afghanistan, his family could not afford expensive medical care or even good crutches, so Essamudin was left hobbling around with just a stick to support himself.

Around the same time, a school in Essamudin's community began participating in MLI's CHildren Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) and were connected with a school in the U.S.  Through CHAMPS, the youth in both communities began communicating on a monthly basis, via video-messenger, so they could learn more about each other. As part of this program, CHAMPS youth also work together on service-learning projects to help children who have been injured by landmines.  Therefore, the schoolchildren in Afghanistan told their new friends in the U.S. about Essamudin's plight, and the American children began raising money to help him walk again.

After months of hard work, enough money was raised to purchase a new prosthetic leg for Esammudin and provide him with the rehabilitative care that he so desperately needed.  The youth in Afghanistan then worked to ensure that Essamudin was transported to a hospital that could fit him with the new leg.

Last week, thanks to their efforts and all of you who support MLI, Essamudin returned home sporting his new leg and a broad grin.  Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to help children like Essamudin!

Essamudin smiling after receiving his new leg
Essamudin smiling after receiving his new leg

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Mar 15, 2011

Support MLI and help landmine survivors!

Mohammad before his surgery
Mohammad before his surgery

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is very excited to announce Global Giving's Match Day tomorrow, March 16th! All day tomorrow, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  Please consider donating to MLI's Global Giving project and help us raise money to support landmine survivors.  

In just the past two months, MLI has helped children like Mohammad, an 8 year old boy who lost both of his arms and eyesight in his left eye last year when he mistakenly picked up a landmine, thinking it was a toy.  Because of the generosity of MLI's donors, we were able to help Mohammad get prosthetic arms and eye glasses!  

In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! So please consider donating to MLI's GlobalGiving project and help us provide critically needed medical care to children who have been injured by landmines.

Mohammad after he received his new prostheses!
Mohammad after he received his new prostheses!
Jan 24, 2011

Safa - a landmine survivor update

Little Safa smiling as she holds new doll
Little Safa smiling as she holds new doll

MLI staff returned from a very successful trip to Afghanistan in December.  While there, they visited MLI's Mine Detection Dog teams in and around Kabul, and then made the trip to a rural area outside of Jalalabad where they visited Roshan High School, which participates in MLI's CHAMPS program, and where they met with several young landmine survivors, including 7 year old Safa.

Last year, while visiting her grandparents’ home outside of Jalalabad, young Safa was outside playing and gathering vegetables with her grandmother when she stepped on a landmine.  In that one instant, Safa’s life changed forever. 

Safa’s family could not afford the intensive rehabilitation or prosthetic leg that she needed, so Safa was forced to use a makeshift crutch in order to move around.  Unable to run or play with her friends, and feeling confused and scared by the entire experience, six-year old Safa was left without much of a reason to smile anymore. 

Luckily, MLI’s CHAMPS Afghanistan students in the Roshan High School, outside of Jalabad, learned of Safa’s tragedy and immediately began working to help her.  Safa’s story was shared with MLI’s CHAMPS students at Grace Christian School in Connecticut and these dedicated young people began raising money to provide her with a new leg and the rehabilitative treatment she so desperately needed.  Within a few short months, the Connecticut children had raised enough money to provide her with a new custom-fitted prosthetic leg and the students at Roshan High School began the difficult task of transporting her multiple times to and from the International Red Cross medical center, where her new leg was fitted and she received the medical care she needed.  Thanks to the combined efforts of these amazing youth, Safa now has a new leg…and a new reason to smile!  

Thank you for all of your support for MLI's programs!  It is because of people like you that children like Safa have their hope for the future restored.

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