There are approximately 1 million unexploded landmines in many regions of Afghanistan. Tragically, the majority of landmine victims who are killed or maimed are children.
HTAC's landmine education program at 2 of our model schools in Laghman Province, a region still beset with a high number of landmines, is helping thousands of children learn about the dangers of these silent killers and how to spot landmines in and around their local villages.
Our program has three main objectives: 1- training groups of Afghan students at these schools in all facets of landmine education so they can (in turn), educate other students, children and members of local communities; 2- providing prosthetics and rehabilitative care for selected landmine survivors so they can lead more productive lives; and 3- interface with U.S. sister schools via the internet to educate American students about the program and facilitate their help in raising funds for landmine surviviors while promoting global citizenship between young people from these two countries.
Earlier this year, a team of students from Roshan High School (one of our model schools), went to a nearby village and taught children and adults Mine Risk Education (MRE), which they had learned in class. A few months later, the village elder thanked the school's program manager for "saving our lives". Several boys who had attended the MRE session found a suspicious object in a field, and because of their training, ran back to warn the village. What they found was a missile launcher with loaded missiles! Authorities were called and they extracted tha dangerous, unexploded objectives. Their actions saved untold numbers of people.
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