Little Safa smiling as she holds new doll
MLI staff returned from a very successful trip to Afghanistan in December. While there, they visited MLI's Mine Detection Dog teams in and around Kabul, and then made the trip to a rural area outside of Jalalabad where they visited Roshan High School, which participates in MLI's CHAMPS program, and where they met with several young landmine survivors, including 7 year old Safa.
Last year, while visiting her grandparents’ home outside of Jalalabad, young Safa was outside playing and gathering vegetables with her grandmother when she stepped on a landmine. In that one instant, Safa’s life changed forever.
Safa’s family could not afford the intensive rehabilitation or prosthetic leg that she needed, so Safa was forced to use a makeshift crutch in order to move around. Unable to run or play with her friends, and feeling confused and scared by the entire experience, six-year old Safa was left without much of a reason to smile anymore.
Luckily, MLI’s CHAMPS Afghanistan students in the Roshan High School, outside of Jalabad, learned of Safa’s tragedy and immediately began working to help her. Safa’s story was shared with MLI’s CHAMPS students at Grace Christian School in Connecticut and these dedicated young people began raising money to provide her with a new leg and the rehabilitative treatment she so desperately needed. Within a few short months, the Connecticut children had raised enough money to provide her with a new custom-fitted prosthetic leg and the students at Roshan High School began the difficult task of transporting her multiple times to and from the International Red Cross medical center, where her new leg was fitted and she received the medical care she needed. Thanks to the combined efforts of these amazing youth, Safa now has a new leg…and a new reason to smile!
Thank you for all of your support for MLI's programs! It is because of people like you that children like Safa have their hope for the future restored.