Around the same time, a school in Essamudin's community began participating in MLI's CHildren Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) and were connected with a school in the U.S. Through CHAMPS, the youth in both communities began communicating on a monthly basis, via video-messenger, so they could learn more about each other. As part of this program, CHAMPS youth also work together on service-learning projects to help children who have been injured by landmines. Therefore, the schoolchildren in Afghanistan told their new friends in the U.S. about Essamudin's plight, and the American children began raising money to help him walk again.
After months of hard work, enough money was raised to purchase a new prosthetic leg for Esammudin and provide him with the rehabilitative care that he so desperately needed. The youth in Afghanistan then worked to ensure that Essamudin was transported to a hospital that could fit him with the new leg.
Last week, thanks to their efforts and all of you who support MLI, Essamudin returned home sporting his new leg and a broad grin. Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to help children like Essamudin!
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