Remove landmines from a village in Cambodia

by The HALO Trust
Loeng Vouch and Loeng Orn walk on safe ground.
Loeng Vouch and Loeng Orn walk on safe ground.

Dear HALO Supporters, 

It is hard to imagine having to worry that your next step might set off an explosion. Can you imagine a child, unable to remember a war, yet becoming its victim? 

Loeng Vouch (nine years old) and Loeng Om (seven years old) do not attend school because its far away and their family cannot afford to send them. Instead they help cut grass and bamboo that the family can sell. Their mother, Mrs. Sngoun Oun supports the family of five. Mrs. Oun was alarmed to learn that HALO found a landmine behind their home where her children often walk. The family had recently moved to Malai District from Kampot Provnice to work the land that belongs to her sister. They had no idea the land was mined. Mrs. Oun was afraid to grow crops in the dangerous field but she couldn't go back to Kampot, as she couldn't find work. She was scared for her children.

HALO, thanks to supporters like you, removed the mines from their land this May. Now Mrs. Oun and her sister have plans to farm. If they make enough money selling their crops the children might be able to attend school. For now, it is enough to know that they are safe.

Thank you for helping to protect the children of Cambodia. Together we are making landmines history, not some innocent person’s future. 

Yellow markers show where mines were found.
Yellow markers show where mines were found.
You can help protect the children of Cambodia.
You can help protect the children of Cambodia.

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Dear HALO Supporters: 

Since we began this project - to remove landmines from Banteay Ti Muoy - we have been able to locate, destroy and remove 138 landmines from the village. With your help we have returned 274,066 square meters of land back to the people of Banteay Ti Muoy, so that they can build their lives free from the threat posed by landmines. $9,193 has been raised from 159 generous donations. THANK YOU! 

You are in good company...

HRH Prince Harry, the Patron of HALO's 25th Anniversay Appeal, toured a HALO photo exhibition on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC) and attended a dinner in aid of HALO on Thursday, May 9. The Prince's visit help bring worldwide attention to the global problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance, which kill and maim thousands every year. Prince Harry said, “My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with HALO. In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me – along with all of you, I’m sure – in praising HALO for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century, and in hoping that one day soon its humanitarian work will be done."  You can read Prince Harry’s speech in full here – https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/media/speeches/speech-prince-harry-aid-of-the-halo-trust-british-ambassadors-residence-washington.

Many thanks for helping us get the job done. 

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Leas Nok (HALO deminer) and her father
Leas Nok (HALO deminer) and her father

Dear HALO Supporters, 

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. 

This is exactly the brighter future your donations help make possible.  Thank you for being a part of the change.  

All your donations are tax-deductable. 96.2% of HALO’s global income goes directly to field operations. 

Many thanks. 

Children pick mushrooms on a former minefield.
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.  

Very many thanks and Happy Holidays. 

Post Mineclearance Land Use in Cambodia
Post Mineclearance Land Use in Cambodia

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Van Thoeun - husband, father and grandfather.
Van Thoeun - husband, father and grandfather.

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. 

Thank you for supporting this urgent work.    


Map of the area requiring mineclearance
Map of the area requiring mineclearance

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Organization Information

The HALO Trust

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.halotrust.org/​
Project Leader:
Amy Currin
Program Officer
San Francisco, CA United States