Tauv and his child in Cambodia
As we celebrate Father's Day this week, we wanted to share the story of a father in Cambodia.
When Tauv was a baby, he lost his left leg in an explosion.
Tauv remembers his father had been scared of the mines. “We moved here in 1998 so my father could work as a woodcutter,” he says. “He was very scared about going into the woods, but had no choice.”
Then Tauv's father decided to stop being scared and trained to become a HALO deminer. He went on to help clear 9,386 anti-personnel landmines from around their village of Maharsarob. Using wages he saved through his demining work, he bought seed and a patch of land on which the family grows cassava.
Tauv now has his own child who he can let play in the village freely without fear of him stepping on a landmine, thanks to his father's courage and his gift of safety to the entire community.
However, around the world, an estimated 60 million people still live with the daily threat of mines. Our goal is to make Cambodia and the world landmine free by 2025, and we are grateful for your support towards this end.
In Cambodia since the beginning of 2017, our teams of locally trained deminers have already cleared 656 acres of dangerous ground directly benefitting 15,408 people.
Thank you for your support which helps make this possible.