The HALO Trust

The HALO Trust clears landmines and unexploded ordnance from war-torn communities so that some of the world's most vulnerable people can plant their crops, rebuild their homes and raise their families in safety. HALO is the world's oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization.
Dec 21, 2016

Celebrating 25 Years in Cambodia

HALO staff in Cambodia
HALO staff in Cambodia

This month we celebrate 25 years of mine clearance in Cambodia. HALO and its partner's efforts have benefitted around 1 million rural poor men, women, and children who can now live, work, and travel in safety.

HALO began work in Cambodia clearing mines to ensure refugees from the long conflict with the Khmer Rouge could safely return from Thailand. Since 1991, we’ve cleared more than 500,000 landmines and unexploded ordnance.

Because of this work, people like Senan and her husband in Phnum Rai village have not only been able to return to their lives in safety, they have found employment. Today we have over 1,100 men and women working in the provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Otdar Meanchey, Siem Reap, Pursat, and Pailin.

To recognize long-serving Cambodian staff, HALO held an event to mark the 25th anniversary attended by William Longhurst, British Ambassador to Cambodia, Hannah Kessler from the United States Department of State, and His Excellency Ly Thuch, Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA).

Thanks to the generosity of committed donors, HALO, along with other international organizations and with the national Cambodian Mine Action Centre, over half of Cambodia’s minefields have been cleared. 

Yet while we celebrate our accomplishments, there is still much to be done. The goal is to work ourselves out of a job by 2025. 

We appreciate your support towards this end and thank you for giving so generously to this project.

Have any suggestions for how we can spread the word about our important work? Email us at mail@halousa.org. We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

HALO staff in Cambodia
HALO staff in Cambodia
Senan, beneficiary and deminer
Senan, beneficiary and deminer
Sep 26, 2016

Students return to school in safety

During clearance, students met at a teacher
During clearance, students met at a teacher's home

Every child deserves to learn in a safe environment, but when plans were made to extend the schoolhouse at Ponleachey village in Cambodia, the construction team found themselves in need of more than a spirit level. Unaware that a villager had already found two Type 72A mines near the site, the building work came to a halt when a woman was seriously injured after accidentally hitting a mine with her shovel.

Terrified there may be more undiscovered mines in the ground, parents kept their children at home and out of danger. Thankfully we were able to respond to an urgent request to clear the land. The site was cleared of landmines and the children have returned to school. Building work recommenced shortly after and the new school building is now complete.

Thanks to the support of donors like you we can remove the threat of landmines so families can safely send their children to school without risk or fear.

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Have suggestions for how we can get the message out about our important work? If so, please contact us at mail@halousa.org. We'd love to hear your thoughts. 

A deminer working at Ponleachey school
A deminer working at Ponleachey school
A child studies in Cambodia
A child studies in Cambodia

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Jun 28, 2016

Building homes in safety

Deminers working on a minefield in NW Cambodia
Deminers working on a minefield in NW Cambodia

With increasing demand for agricultural land in Cambodia, internal migration in Northwest Cambodia is especially high. People eager to start cultivating their land must wait for HALO to remove landmines. In some cases, people who are new to an area are unaware of the threat of landmines and begin building homes and cultivating the land at high risk. With frequesnt migration in the Northeast corridor, along the K5 minebelt, the need for mine clearance and risk education is important as ever.

Mrs Suon has lived with her family of five in Chub Kokir West, Oddar Meanchey Province, since July 2015. Before that she lived in the next nearest village, Chub Kokir East. She moved because she was offered free land, but she was not aware that the area was on the K5 minebelt and is extensively mined.

While her husband was building their house he found one anti-personnel mine. Suon is worried about her children’s safety living in the minefield, especially because HALO found mines very close to her house. HALO began clearing the minefield in December 2015, finding a total of 88 anti-personnel mines so far. In addition to the current housing, there are plans to build more houses on the land. There are 45 families living on, or due to live on this minefield once clearance is completed.

Removing even one landmine can make the world of difference to families living under the threat these hidden killers. Contributions from donors like you enable HALO to help clear mines from homes just like Mrs Suon Mom's.

Have any suggesitons for how we can spread the word? Let us know! Email us at: mail@halousa.org,  we'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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