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2011 To Walk the Earth in Safety: FY2010 Grantees


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Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
July 1, 2011

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Date: 2007 Description: March 19, 2007, Al Salam Internally Displaced Person's (IDPs) camp in Omdurman, Khartoum. During an United Nations Missions in Sudan Public Information Office Mine Awareness Day, organized in cooperation with UN agencies, national and international NGOs, an NGO staff is explaining to children the meaning of landmines warning boards.  © Photo courtesy of UN/Fred Noy
March 19, 2007, Al Salam Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPs) camp in Omdurman, Khartoum. During an United Nations Missions in Sudan Public Information Office Mine Awareness Day, organized in cooperation with UN agencies, national and international NGOs, an NGO staff is explaining to children the meaning of landmines warning boards. Photo courtesy of UN/Fred Noy.

Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC), established in 1989, was the first humanitarian mine-clearance organization in Afghanistan to be endorsed by the United Nations. ATC works to reduce civilian casualties and enable land release through detection, clearance, and mine-risk education activities. For more information: www.atcafghanistan.org .

The Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) was created in 1998 to oversee the management of all landmine- and unexploded ordnance (UXO)-related issues in Azerbaijan. ANAMA’s mission is to make the people of Azerbaijan safe from landmines and other UXO through activities including survey, detection, clearance, mapping, arms marking and monitoring, mine-risk education, survivor and victim assistance, and training. For more information: www.anama.gov.az .

The Bridgeway Group has been involved in Burundi for more than 12 years and has a strong partnership with the Ikibiri Coalition, a Burundian nongovernmental organization, which does community development work and focuses on integrating civil society and local government, as well as community policing and weapons storage/security. For more information: www.ikibiricoalition.org and www.bridgewaygroup.org .

The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas, or the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, was created in 1997. Its mission is to reduce the social, economic, and cultural effects of landmines and unexploded ordnance in Colombia through advocacy, diplomacy, and humanitarian work. For more information: www.colombiasinminas.org .

In 1943 the Catholic Bishops of the United States created Catholic Relief Services in response to the need for World War II survivor assistance in Europe. Since then, CRS has worked in more than 100 countries across five continents to carry out its mission to assist poor and disadvantaged overseas communities by promoting the sacredness of human life and the right to human dignity. For more information: http://crs.org .

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), formerly the Mine Action Information Center (MAIC), is a public policy center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. CISR helps communities affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services relevant to humanitarian mine clearance, victim assistance, mine-risk reduction and other explosive remnants of war. For more information: http://cisr.jmu.edu .

Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia (CIREC) or the Integral Center of Rehabilitation of Colombia, founded in 1976, is a private nonprofit rehabilitation center based in Bogotá. CIREC provides medical services, physical and occupational therapy, and psychological and social support. It also manufactures prosthetics and orthotics with an integrated approach to the recovery of survivors of landmine accidents. For more information: contactenos@cirec.org .

Cleared Ground, headquartered in London, U.K., is an independent not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that works around the globe to reduce the threats posed to local communities by landmines and unexploded ordnance. For more information: www.clearedground.org .

Clear Path International (CPI), headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is devoted to bringing hope, help, and opportunity to landmine survivors and others disabled by war. CPI identifies, collaborates, and helps build sustainable local partners that empower conflict survivors to overcome physical, psychological, social, and economic challenges, promote equality and accessibility, and provide innovative, integrated, and sustainable programs to support conflict survivors. For more information: www.cpi.org .

Cranfield Mine Action (CMA), has been providing mine-action consultancy services since 1999. CMA is part of Cranfield University (U.K.), which is a not-for-profit educational institution incorporated by Royal Charter. The focus of CMA is on the development of resilient national mine-action capabilities and the provision of applied research, analysis, and assistance projects to humanitarian and commercial organizations, national authorities, and donors within the mine-action sector. For more information: www.cranfield.ac.uk/cds/resiliencecentre/mineaction.html .

DanChurchAid (DCA) is an independent ecumenical humanitarian organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark that strives to provide humanitarian assistance and advocate for oppressed, neglected, and marginalized groups in poor countries, strengthening their possibilities for a life with dignity. DCA’s humanitarian mine-action programs combine mine-risk education, mine clearance, and strong community development activities. For more information: www.dca.dk .

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a nongovernmental organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark operating under the auspices of the Danish Refugee Council. It assists individuals and populations hampered by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. In doing so, DDG also strives to procure supplies from local communities and to train a local staff in order to create national ownership opportunities as soon as possible. For more information: www.Danishdemininggroup.dk .

State Military Scientific-Technical Centre “DELTA” is a Georgian organization that processes and demilitarizes outdated, obsolete and unused ammunition at Georgian military bases. For more information: int@stcdelta.com .

The Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA) is an Afghan humanitarian mine-clearance organization formed in June 1990. DAFA’s mission is to clear all hazardous and mine-contaminated areas in Afghanistan by committing resources to humanitarian demining, demining for road reconstruction, local government rehabilitation plans, and the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration campaign. For more information: sattar_dafa@yahoo.ca or dafafinance@yahoo.com .

Fondation Suisse de Déminage (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action or FSD), an international nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that was created in 1997, has implemented mine-clearance projects in 18 countries since its inception. FSD focuses on locating and destroying landmines and unexploded ordnance on the ground and underwater, but it also engages in projects related to the reduction of physical and chemical pollution, as well as the collection and destruction of many types of arms and ammunition. For more information: www.fsd.ch .

Freedom Fields USA, based in Carmel, California, is a nonprofit organization of concerned citizens focused on the humanitarian demining of war-torn countries and returning them to a path of economic development and hope. Freedom Fields’ current initiative is to help demine and restore valuable land in the notorious K5 Mine Belt in the border region between Cambodia and Thailand. For more information: www.ffusa.org .

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 by Switzerland and several other countries. Through applied research, capacity development, and standards development, GICHD’s mission is to eliminate the threat of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive remnants of war around the world. For more information: www.gichd.org .

The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a U.S.-based nonprofit charitable organization. It conducts surveys and assessments, and develops mine-risk education materials and landmine/unexploded ordnance disposal technologies. For more information: www.goldenwesthf.org .

The HALO Trust, an American and British nonprofit charity, specializes in the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance from post-conflict zones. Since pioneering the concept of humanitarian landmine clearance in Afghanistan in 1988, it has destroyed more than 12 million explosive items. For more information: www.halousa.org

Date: 2010 Description: A female U.S. Marine talks to children that have arrived at the only public medical center in Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the March 29, 2010. The U.S. State Department and U.K. Stabilization Unit have been working closely with U.S. Marines to bring political and economic development to the region to encourage stability and quell local support for Taliban insurgents.  © Photo courtesy of Kate Holt/IRIN
A female U.S. Marine talks to children that have arrived at the only public medical center in Garmsir, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on the March 29, 2010. The U.S. State Department and U.K. Stabilization Unit have been working closely with U.S. Marines to bring political and economic development to the region to encourage stability and quell local support for Taliban insurgents. Photo courtesy of Kate Holt/IRIN.

Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. HI currently implements mine-action programs in 17 countries—working to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance from civilian areas, providing risk-education programs aimed at civilians living or traveling through affected regions, and providing assistance to those unfortunate enough to have been injured. For more information: www.handicap-international.us .

Humanitarian Aid (HUMAID), a Guinean nongovernmental organization registered in both Guinea-Bissau and the United States, was founded in 1999. Since 2000, HUMAID has worked in the capitol city of Bissau; the regions of Casamance, Illonde, Prabis; and around the village of Buruntum, providing services related to survey, detection, clearance, and mine-risk education. For more information: jdblacken@yahoo.com .

The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), founded in 1998, forges innovative public-private partnerships to find creative solutions to difficult humanitarian problems. Currently, HDI’s mandate is to foster dialogue between the United Nations and the United States Congress, to support mine-action programs around the world, and to help alleviate both domestic and international hunger. For more information: www.thehdi.org .

Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that coordinates, supports, and implements humanitarian information-management activities and landmine and unexploded ordnance surveys during and after complex emergencies and in developing countries around the world. iMMAP aims to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural disasters and armed conflict by providing decision-support services to humanitarian agencies through the management of reliable, timely and appropriate strategic and geographic information. For more information: www.immap.org .

The International Center (IC), founded in 1977, is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that was created to foster mutual aid between the United States and the developing world. In 2009, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) began working under the IC in the areas of mental health, education, and landmine/unexploded ordnance clearance. VVAF has been addressing the harsh consequences of war, especially the war in Vietnam, since 1978. For more information: www.theintlcenter.org .

International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF) was established in 1992 in Azerbaijan as an independent, nonprofit nongovernmental organization. From 2000–06, the IEPF worked on a number of humanitarian mine-action projects in Azerbaijan. In 2006 IEPF established the first Mine Victims Association in Terter District, and it continues its clearance activity there. For more information: office@iepf-ngo.org .

The Iraq Mine and UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO) is an Iraqi nongovernmental demining organization established in 2003. IMCO is fully trained and equipped to international humanitarian mine-action standards to perform manual and mine-detection dog-supported demining operations, battle-area clearance, reconnaissance of suspected hazardous areas, and unexploded ordnance/landmine survey and technical site survey missions. For more information: zahimmutar@yahoo.com

Date: 2011 Description: Budva, Montenegro seafront and site of second RASR workshop, funded by PM/WRA.  © Photo courtesy of Dave Diaz, U.S. Dept. of State, PM/WRA
Budva, Montenegro seafront and site of second RASR workshop, funded by PM/WRA. Photo courtesy of Dave Diaz, U.S. Dept. of State, PM/WRA.

The International Trust Fund (ITF) was created in March 1998 by the Government of Slovenia with the goal of supporting humanitarian mine action in Southeast Europe through management, services, and fundraising. Recently, ITF has broadened its focus to a wider range of post-conflict challenges including security sector reform, disarmament, and small arms and light weapons control. For more information: www.itf-fund.si .

The Julia Burke Foundation was established in 1998 to support causes of interest to Julia, who was killed at the age of 16 in an automobile accident. Her extensive debate research fostered an abiding interest in international policy and in the well-being of those left behind by their economic and political systems. In that spirit, the Foundation sponsors conventional weapons destruction projects and assists survivors of landmine accidents around the world. For more information: www.JuliaBurkeFoundation.com .

The Landmine Relief Fund was founded in 2004 to support the work of an all-Cambodian demining nongovernmental organization, Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD). CSHD was founded by a former child soldier named Aki Ra, who has spent nearly 15 years clearing explosive remnants of war wherever he finds it. He works with other ex-child soldiers, primarily in “low priority” villages throughout Cambodia. For more information: www.landmine-relief-fund.com .

MAG (Mines Advisory Group), working in association with its U.S. partner MAG America, is a humanitarian organization working in conflict-affected countries to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO), remove/destroy small arms and light weapons, provide mine-risk education, and offer capacity-building support to these countries. Since it began operations in Afghanistan in 1989 clearing landmines and UXO, MAG has worked on a variety of conflict-recovery projects in about 35 countries around the world. For more information: www.maginternational.org .

The Marshall Legacy Institute is a nonprofit organization founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. Major projects include the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program, the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), CHAMPS International, and Survivors’ Assistance Programs. For more information: www.marshall-legacy.org .

The M.I.N.D. Lab at Michigan State University is part of a networked consortium of labs located in seven countries spanning universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The labs conduct research into the use of media technology for training and communication, human-computer interaction, and virtual environment design. In the domain of mine-risk education, the M.I.N.D. Lab at Michigan State University recently completed a mobile training game to teach Cambodian children to spot and avoid environmental indicators of unexploded ordnance. The game plays on the “$100 laptop” and is tailored to Cambodian terrain, with audio narration in Khmer. Future versions of the game will be tailored for other locales and will play on a wider range of mobile devices. For more information: www.mindlab.org .

Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA), an Afghanistan-based nongovernmental organization, was founded in 1990. MCPA specializes in humanitarian mine action including general, impact, and post-clearance surveys, technical and battle-area surveys, mine-detection dogs, manual and mechanical mine clearance, explosive-ordnance disposal, mine-risk education, and mine-clearance training. In addition, MCPA focuses on the development and maintenance of information-management systems for mine action. For more information: hajiattiqullah@hotmail.com .

The Mine Detection Center (MDC) was established in 1989 with the goal to make Afghanistan mine and explosive remnants of war impact-free so individuals and communities can have a safe environment conducive to national development. From 1994 to 2006, MDC cleared over 169 million square meters of minefields. MDC, which now has about 1,500 qualified technical field personnel and support staff, 270 dogs, and six demining machines, also helped establish mine-detection dog capacities in Yemen and Tajikistan. For more information: mdcafghan@hotmail.com or mdcafghan@yahoo.com .

The NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), founded in 1958, is a logistics support agency that assists NATO nations in maintaining their weapons systems through supply, maintenance, procurement, contract management, engineering, and technical support. NAMSA has been involved in a number of demilitarization projects focused on the destruction of landmines, conventional weapons, and small arms and light weapons. For more information: www.namsa.nato.int .

The National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR) is Jordan’s national authority on all landmine and explosive remants of war (ERW)-related projects. Founded in 2000, NCDR conducts ERW removal, mine-risk education, survivor and victim assistance, and international relations to create safe, strong, and prosperous communities for the people of Jordan. For more information: www.ncdr.org.jo .

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), founded in 1939 on the principles of solidarity, dignity, peace, and freedom, is one of Norway’s biggest nongovernmental organizations. NPA works in the field of mine action in 18 mine- and unexploded ordnance-affected countries, performing clearance operations, engaging in political advocacy, and developing and implementing treaties against landmines and cluster munitions. For more information: www.npaid.org .

The Organization of American States (OAS) was established in 1948 with the goal of encouraging sustainable peace, justice, solidarity, collaboration, integrity, and independence among the nations of the Americas. OAS achieves this goal through activities revolving around democracy, human rights, security, and development. For more information: www.oas.org .

The Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR) was established in 1990 to teach Afghan refugees and internally displaced Afghans about the dangers of landmines and unexploded ordnance left behind by the Soviet and Afghan Communist Armies, and by Afghan insurgents. In 1992, OMAR started a demining program, hiring and training more than 1,500 deminers in manual and mechanical demining, battle-area clearance, and explosive-ordnance disposal, as well as teaching them to work with mine-detection dogs. OMAR has also developed demining Emergency Response Teams. For more information: www.omar.org.af .

PeaceTrees Vietnam was founded in 1995 as a grassroots effort to bring peace, friendship, and renewal to the people of Quang Tri province, one of the most war-torn provinces of Vietnam. PeaceTrees’ vision of establishing a safe and healthy future for the children of Quang Tri includes: landmine and unexploded-ordnance clearance, landmine-awareness programs, citizen diplomacy, community service, tree-planting programs, survivor/victim assistance, economic support, scholarships to landmine survivors and their families, social development projects, and community restoration and relocation projects. For more information: http://www.peacetreesvietnam.org .

People to People International (PTPI) was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures. Through a network of community, university, and student chapters around the globe, PTPI is committed to educating people about the threat of landmines, supporting efforts to eradicate their existence, and assisting survivors. For more information: www.ptpi.org .

The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, established in 1979, is a Massachusetts-based, nonprofit human-services organization that supports a number of community-based rehabilitative initiatives in Central America and Africa. Its work benefits a wide range of persons with mobility disabilities, including those who have experienced limb loss as a result of landmines. For more information: www.poluscenter.org .

Arising from the 2000 Nairobi Declaration, the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) provides a comprehensive institutional disarmament framework to combat the availability of small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions of Africa. RECSA cooperates with national focal points in its member states by developing governmental, civil, and donor partnerships; raising public awareness; building police and law enforcement capacities; and coordinating interagency action to combat SA/LW proliferation and enhance the prospects of sustainable regional development. For more information: www.recsasec.org .

Refugees International was created in 1979 as a citizen-propelled movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, Refugees International has become an influential international advocacy organization, conducting 20-plus field missions each year to provide services that meet the basic needs of refugees around the globe. For more information: www.refugeesinternational.org

Date: 2010 Description: Volunteers work to improve the lives of children in El Salvador. In 2010, Central America was the first region in the world to declare itself mine-free.  © Photo courtesy of UN
Volunteers work to improve the lives of children in El Salvador. In 2010, Central America was the first region in the world to declare itself mine-free. Photo courtesy of UN.

The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Since its inception in 1999, the Small Arms Survey has worked internationally to produce detailed, annual, country/region specific reviews that include figures on the production, stockpiling, and transfer of small arms and light weapons, among other information. For more information: www.smallarmssurvey.org .

Spirit of Soccer uses soccer/football skills clinics to educate children about the dangers posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war in post-conflict regions of the world. Since 1996 more than 75,000 children have received mine-risk education through soccer-based activities. For more information: www.spiritofsoccer.net .

The Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) is a mine-action organization founded in 1999 in South Sudan to protect returning internally displaced people and refugees from the threat of landmines. SIMAS continues to work in South Sudan through mine-risk education, mine clearance, project management, Technical Survey, battle-area clearance, and explosive-ordnance disposal. For more information: www.simas-sudan.org .

The Survey Action Center (SAC) seeks to improve the planning and resource allocation processes within the international mine-action community by providing timely, accurate and complete mine-impact survey information to key decision-makers. SAC’s vision is best advanced through creative partnerships with national authorities, nongovernmental organizations, commercial firms, U.N. agencies, and donors. For more information: www.sac-na.org .

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), founded in 1965, is the global development network of the U.N. Following the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, UNDP gives international assistance to 166 countries in areas including democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, HIV/AIDS, and environment and energy issues. For more information: www.undp.org

Date: 2011 Description: Shepherd Abdul Rahim Bsharat, 59, holds his two youngest daughters, Samoud, three (left) and Assia, five. The Middle East has experienced relentless unrest, making life unpredicable for people like the Bsharat family.  © Photo Phoebe Greenwood/IRIN
Shepherd Abdul Rahim Bsharat, 59, holds his two youngest daughters, Samoud, three (left) and Assia, five. The Middle East has experienced relentless unrest, making life unpredicable for people like the Bsharat family. Photo © Phoebe Greenwood/IRIN.

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) was established in 1982 following the U.N.’s second special assembly on disarmament, but it did not become known as UNODA until 2007. It works internationally to foster disarmament measures and support nonproliferation in the areas of conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. For more information: www.un.org/disarmament/index.shtml .

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation is the nonprofit organization authorized by the United States Congress to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in 1982 and is the most visited monument in Washington, D.C. Through a series of outreach programs, the organization works to preserve the legacy of “The Wall,” promote healing, and educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. Among its many programs is Project RENEW,™ a landmine removal and public awareness program in Vietnam. For more information: www.vvmf.org .

World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through economic and social development programs. World Education is well known for its work around the globe in environmental education, community development, maternal and child health, school governance, integrated literacy, small-enterprise development, HIV/AIDS education and prevention and care, and refugee training. For more information: www.worlded.org .



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