Remove landmines from a village in Cambodia

by The HALO Trust
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Mr Cham Mao, first a victim and now a deminer.
Mr Cham Mao, first a victim and now a deminer.

Dear Friends: 

Thank you for supporting mine removal in Cambodia. Your donations reduce the risk of injury and death while returning valuable land for farming, schools, hospitals and homes. They also help to employ local men and women, including landmine survivors. 

Mr. Cham Mao was a soldier during the Cambodian conflict in the 1990s. He was on leave and walking to visit his family in Ou Trouy Village, near the Thai border, when he stepped on a landmine and suffered a traumatic amputation of his lower right leg. Mao spent six months in a hospital in Thailand. When he recovered, he worked on his family’s farm but it was very difficult to provide enough food and to look after his injury. 

In 2011, his daughter, Neang Vann (22 years old), joined the HALO Trust as a deminer. Mao was very proud. Then in January she told him that HALO was offering employment opportunities to those mine survivors who had suffered an amputation. He decided to come for an interview and was happy to be offered a job. He is now able to adequately support his other children and his wife.

In January 2013, HALO expanded employment opportunities to landmine survivors when 20 amputees took and passed the deminer training course. Employment with HALO offers the survivors an opportunity to support their families and a chance for them to help remove the deadly legacy of war, which almost took their lives, once and for all. 

Thank you for making this possible. 

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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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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