Remove landmines from a village in Cambodia

 
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$10,369
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Families stand on HALO cleared ground.
Families stand on HALO cleared ground.

Thank you to everyone that donated to clear landmines in 2013.

Last year the HALO Trust found and destroyed 6,849 landmines in Cambodia, along with 10,435 other explosive remnants of war. 283 minefields were cleared resulting in 2,770 acres of land returned to the rural poor for homes, farming, roads and schools.

Families can now build a future for themselves. And keep their loved-ones safe.

In 2014, we will continue our pace concentrating on land needed for agriculture and roads. About 50% of the area cleared next year will be targeting antitank mines, which have been a major cause of accidents in recent years.  

Thank you, our amazing supporters, for making it all possible.

We wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2014. 

Mr Cham Mao, first a victim and now a deminer.
Mr Cham Mao, first a victim and now a deminer.

Dear Friends: 

Thank you for supporting mine removal in Cambodia. Your donations reduce the risk of injury and death while returning valuable land for farming, schools, hospitals and homes. They also help to employ local men and women, including landmine survivors. 

Mr. Cham Mao was a soldier during the Cambodian conflict in the 1990s. He was on leave and walking to visit his family in Ou Trouy Village, near the Thai border, when he stepped on a landmine and suffered a traumatic amputation of his lower right leg. Mao spent six months in a hospital in Thailand. When he recovered, he worked on his family’s farm but it was very difficult to provide enough food and to look after his injury. 

In 2011, his daughter, Neang Vann (22 years old), joined the HALO Trust as a deminer. Mao was very proud. Then in January she told him that HALO was offering employment opportunities to those mine survivors who had suffered an amputation. He decided to come for an interview and was happy to be offered a job. He is now able to adequately support his other children and his wife.

In January 2013, HALO expanded employment opportunities to landmine survivors when 20 amputees took and passed the deminer training course. Employment with HALO offers the survivors an opportunity to support their families and a chance for them to help remove the deadly legacy of war, which almost took their lives, once and for all. 

Thank you for making this possible. 

Loeng Vouch and Loeng Orn walk on safe ground.
Loeng Vouch and Loeng Orn walk on safe ground.

Dear HALO Supporters, 

It is hard to imagine having to worry that your next step might set off an explosion. Can you imagine a child, unable to remember a war, yet becoming its victim? 

Loeng Vouch (nine years old) and Loeng Om (seven years old) do not attend school because its far away and their family cannot afford to send them. Instead they help cut grass and bamboo that the family can sell. Their mother, Mrs. Sngoun Oun supports the family of five. Mrs. Oun was alarmed to learn that HALO found a landmine behind their home where her children often walk. The family had recently moved to Malai District from Kampot Provnice to work the land that belongs to her sister. They had no idea the land was mined. Mrs. Oun was afraid to grow crops in the dangerous field but she couldn't go back to Kampot, as she couldn't find work. She was scared for her children.

HALO, thanks to supporters like you, removed the mines from their land this May. Now Mrs. Oun and her sister have plans to farm. If they make enough money selling their crops the children might be able to attend school. For now, it is enough to know that they are safe.

Thank you for helping to protect the children of Cambodia. Together we are making landmines history, not some innocent person’s future. 

Yellow markers show where mines were found.
Yellow markers show where mines were found.
You can help protect the children of Cambodia.
You can help protect the children of Cambodia.

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Dear HALO Supporters: 

Since we began this project - to remove landmines from Banteay Ti Muoy - we have been able to locate, destroy and remove 138 landmines from the village. With your help we have returned 274,066 square meters of land back to the people of Banteay Ti Muoy, so that they can build their lives free from the threat posed by landmines. $9,193 has been raised from 159 generous donations. THANK YOU! 

You are in good company...

HRH Prince Harry, the Patron of HALO's 25th Anniversay Appeal, toured a HALO photo exhibition on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC) and attended a dinner in aid of HALO on Thursday, May 9. The Prince's visit help bring worldwide attention to the global problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance, which kill and maim thousands every year. Prince Harry said, “My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with HALO. In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me – along with all of you, I’m sure – in praising HALO for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century, and in hoping that one day soon its humanitarian work will be done."  You can read Prince Harry’s speech in full here – https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/speeches/speech-prince-harry-aid-of-the-halo-trust-british-ambassadors-residence-washington.

Many thanks for helping us get the job done. 

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Leas Nok (HALO deminer) and her father
Leas Nok (HALO deminer) and her father

Dear HALO Supporters, 

20 year old Leas Nok was recently recruited and trained as a HALO deminer in Cambodia. Her mother died when she was young, while her father lost his leg to a landmine during the conflict of the early 1990s. Leas Nok is the oldest child in her family and is also the sole breadwinner. Such is her father’s joy in his daughter having secured employment with HALO that every day he brings his daughter’s lunch out to the minefield where she is working. 

This is exactly the brighter future your donations help make possible.  Thank you for being a part of the change.  

All your donations are tax-deductable. 96.2% of HALO’s global income goes directly to field operations. 

Many thanks. 

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The HALO Trust

Washington, DC, United States
http://www.halousa.org/

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Amy Currin

Program Officer
San Francisco, CA United States

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