20 year old Leas Nok was recently recruited and trained as a HALO deminer in Cambodia. Her mother died when she was young, while her father lost his leg to a landmine during the conflict of the early 1990s. Leas Nok is the oldest child in her family and is also the sole breadwinner. Such is her father’s joy in his daughter having secured employment with HALO that every day he brings his daughter’s lunch out to the minefield where she is working.
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Thank you for helping to clear landmines. This holiday season you can give the gift of peace.
By Amy Currin | Development Manager
Children pick mushrooms on a former minefield.
Thank you for your past support to clear landmines in Cambodia. Since 1994, together with our donors, HALO has removed over 256,500 landmines in Cambodia so communities could return home, plant their crops and raise their families in safety. 2012 is turning out to be one of HALO's most productive years in Cambodia. We've already cleared more ground and completed more mineclearance than ever before. The most common use for HALO cleared land is for farmland (60%) and roads (29%) as exemplified by the chart below which shows the beneficiary use of the 2,200 acres that HALO demined last year. Thank you for being a part of this great change.
Yet, there is still work to be done and the villagers in Banteay Ti Muoy that need our help. This holiday season you can give the gift of peace. Make a donation in honor of someone special and GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient a holiday card, email or print-at-home file. Not only will you be investing in a Cambodia free from mines, you are also crossing names off your holiday shopping list! Look for the 'Gift or In-Honor Of' tab below the orange donate button on the project site.
Also, during the month of December GlobalGiving will be matching 100% on all recurring donations up to $100 per donor. They have $25,000 in matching funds available and matching will last until December 31st or until funds run out. If you want to give the gift of peace year-round December is a great time to start.
Van Thoeun (50 years old) is a husband, a father of six and a grandfather who risks his life to feed his family. His family lives in Banteay Ti Mouy, the village this project supports, where there are landmines. Despite the threat of mines on their land, Van cultivated the hazardous area because he had no other means to support his family. He grows cassava, a staple crop in Cambodia and a major source of carbohydrates in the developing world. Once harvested, chopped up and dried in the open air, a 1kg sack should earn him roughly 15c at the market. His family depends on the food for nutrients and the surplus cash for living expenses. Thanks to our generous donors, like you, HALO was able to start clearing the hazardous land this August. Van is thankful he will soon be able to farm without fear and stop worrying when his granddaughter runs into the fields to play.
What if you had to choose between risking your life and feeding your family? It’s a choice too many Cambodians have to face.
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