Mineclearance not only saves lives and returns land to productive use, it also creates jobs. Across the ten countries where HALO currently works, we employ over 8,000 local men and women—from deminers to senior management, mechanics, medics and finance and mapping specialists. The income that local staff earn enables them to send a child to school, start a small business or purchase livestock, thus building a more secure future once their country is free from the impact of mines.
In Cambodia, HALO employs 1,100 local staff. Below is an interview with Ms. Kann Sophorn (age 24), who is a Section Commander (manager) in Malai District.
Ms. Kann Sophorn
Family: Her mother, father and five brothers and sisters; she is the first sister in the family. She supports the family of seven with her HALO salary.
Education: Grade 4
Jobs before HALO: She was a farmer (rice farming) and casual worker in the village.
Why did her family move to the area? They moved to because of the lack of agriculture land in their previous village.
How does she feel about her work? “Before I started working, I was scared of mine accidents but after starting work it is normal because The HALO Trust has right procedures. Now I’m not scared any more. I am happy and proud of my work, because I can earn money to support my whole family and I can help the villagers in my village and others from mine accidents. I can help my country.”
What activities does she enjoy? Reading books and listening to music.
Final thoughts: “I am very happy to work with HALO and very thankful to the donors, especially people in United States which give money to HALO for supporting mineclearance in my village and in Cambodia. I would like you continue donating to support mineclearance.”
Thank you for supporting mineclearance and through it a local family.
Amy Currin, HALO USA Program Officer
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Ms. Kann at Section Commander Training