Happy 2012, to our GlobalGiving friends!
A big thank you to all who donated over the holiday season, we received 36 new donations in December and January, for which we are very grateful.
It’s been almost one year since we began our project on GlobalGiving, to help clear landmines in Banteay Ti Muoy, a village in northwest Cambodia where minefields severely affect people's safety and ability to farm. I’d like to give you an update on how we are doing.
This map shows where HALO has cleared minefields in the village (in dark blue), along with those currently being cleared (in bright blue), and the remaining mined areas (in pink). Up until the end of last year, HALO had destroyed over 2,000 landmines and other explosive items from the village, returning 201 acres of land. But this map graphically illustrates the extent of the remaining mines problem still facing local residents.
90% of the land owned by Mr. Tork Tout (shown) is blocked by the presence of mines, leaving him to harvest only 1.5 tons of rice a year. But through supporters like you, his life is changing. Once clearance of his land is complete, Tout plans to boost his harvest by 200%, generating a further 3 tons of rice annually and multiplying his income by an equivalent factor. This increase in earnings will greatly improve his ability to support his family and keep his three children in school. The family is excited about their future and is presently building a new house next to their land in anticipation.
Banteay Ti Muoy is blessed with particularly fertile soil and a ready supply of water. If we can clear the mines, we can save lives and put family farms back in business. Can you help us spread the word?
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