Sua s'dei, from Cambodia! I am currently visiting the program and this past Sunday traveled to Banteay Ti Mouy village where, with the help of your generous support, HALO is finding and destroying landmines.
The area was the base of Vietnamese troops occupying the country in the 1980s, and then saw heaving fighting between the Khmer Rouge and the government of Cambodia in the mid-1990s. All sides laid landmines. Today as the population of the village continues to grow and land become scarcer, families must now enter the minefields in order to cultivate. By request of the local authorities and the village chief, HALO is currently working on five minefields in the village and this year alone has destroyed 128 mines and 17 items of unexploded ordnance, clearing 100,392 square meters (24.8 acres) for safe housing and agriculture.
Ms. Proek Cheat’s family (pictured) is one of the landowner’s that is benefiting from the mineclearance. They moved to Banteay Ti Mouy in 2001 because in their previous village they had no land for farming. Their plot is 32,000 square meters (7.9 acres) and once HALO has finished clearance they plan to grow rice, earning approximately $500 for their harvest. The family will add this income to the $1,200 that the father is able to earn as a laborer in nearby Thailand.
Thank you for helping HALO become a permanent member of GlobalGiving.org and, most importantly, for helping us turn minefields into farmland.
Amy Currin, HALO USA Program Officer
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