Landmines maim & kill thousands each year, keep people from their homes, and deny the use of productive land. The Marshall Legacy Institute works in war-torn countries and provides Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to "sniff out" landmines, save lives and return the land to productive use. Highly trained dogs are one of the most efficient and effective detectors of landmines, with a working life of 6-8 years, a dog can clear more than 4 million square meters of land each year, saving countless lives.
For many nations, a primary obstacle to achieving sustainable progress is the deadly legacy of landmines. Landmines halt agricultural production, impede economic growth, slow the return of refugees, instill fear, and kill and maim innocent citizens on a daily basis, injuring or killing at least one person every 40 minutes. Thus, MLI's primary mission is to establish practical, affordable, and sustainable indigenous programs to help severely mine-affected countries rid their land of mines.
One of the most effective tools for finding landmines are highly trained Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) that are able to "sniff out" the landmines, which are often small, plastic, and buried in the ground. Over the past 15 years, MLI has provided 182 highly trained mine detection dogs to mine-affected countries around the world. A dog team may search & clear an area up to 30 times faster than a manual deminer and are effective, long-term assets in indigenous demining programs.
MLI emphasizes the importance of helping countries help themselves and is the only organization in the world that builds indigenous demining capacity by donating highly trained Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine contaminated countries, and then training local handlers to safely and effectively employ the MDDs in national landmine clearance programs. These MDDs save countless lives by searching up to 4 million square meters of land in their working life before retiring into great homes.
"A well-trained MDD team may search up to 1,500 m2 per day, while a manual deminer can only search & clear 50m2 per day; the value of integrating dog teams into demining organizations is clear." - Perry F. Baltimore III, MLI Executive Director
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,091
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,909
Total Funding Goal: $20,000