Mr Cham Mao, first a victim and now a deminer.
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.