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2012 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Grantees 2011

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
July 1, 2012


Date: 2011 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauded the more than $1.9 billion in U.S. contributions toward making the world a safer place at the 19 December 2011 launch of the 10th edition of To Walk The Earth In Safety. Pictured left to right: Eric Wuestewald, Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein, Dr. Ken Rutherford, Hillary Clinton, Lois Carter Crawford, and Heather Bowers.  - State Dept Image
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauded the more than $1.9 billion in U.S. contributions toward making the world a safer place at the 19 December 2011 launch of the 10th edition of To Walk The Earth In Safety. She also congratulated the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University for its efforts in the production of the publication. Pictured left to right: Eric Wuestewald, Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein, Dr. Ken Rutherford, Hillary Clinton, Lois Carter Crawford, and Heather Bowers. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of State.

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:

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR), established as the Mine Action Information Center in 1996, is a Center of Excellence at James Madison University helping communities around the world affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services. For more information:

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: 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:

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 Bogota. 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: or

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:

Date: 2012 Description: An articulated tractor used at the Gerdec UXO remediation site.  - State Dept Image
An articulated tractor used at the Gerdec UXO remediation site. Photo courtesy of John Stevens, U.S. Dept. of State, PM/WRA.

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 communities outside the United States by promoting the sacredness of human life and the right to human dignity. For more information:

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:

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:

DELTA (State Military Scientific-Technical Centre) is a Georgian organization that processes and demilitarizes outdated, obsolete and unused ammunition at Georgian military bases.

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: or

The Federation of American Scientists is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, dedicated to providing rigorous, objective, evidence-based analysis and practical policy recommendations on national and international security issues connected to applied science and technology. More than 65 Nobel laureates serve on the FAS Board of Sponsors. For more information:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 war, especially the war in Vietnam, since 1978. For more information:

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:

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, unexploded ordnance/landmine survey, and technical site survey missions. For more information:

ITF Enhancing Human Security (formerly the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victim Assistance) is a humanitarian nonprofit devoted to the elimination of post-conflict threats, including landmines and explosive remnants of war. ITF also supports conventional weapons destruction, security sector reform, and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs. Initially, the government of Slovenia established ITF in 1998 to help Bosnia and Herzegovina implement the peace agreement and provide rehabilitation assistance. With its expanded mission, ITF is currently active in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information, visit

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:

The Lebanese Demining Organization was established in 2006 as the first national nongovernmental organization in Lebanon. The organization was brought together through the interest of Lebanese nationals involved in humanitarian mine action since the first phases of clearance that started in 2002. Working under the supervision of the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC), the LDO became operational in 2010. The LDO is not politically affiliated and works toward a Lebanon free from mines and unexploded ordnance. For more information:

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/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:

Date: 2012 Description: Controlling small arms and light weapons is a priority in Latin America.  © Photo courtesy of U.N./Steen Johansen
Controlling small arms and light weapons is a priority in Latin America. Photo courtesy of UN/Steen Johansen.

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) 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:

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:

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 more than 169 million square meters (65 square miles) 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: or

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/light weapons. For more information:

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is NATO’s integrated logistics and services provider agency. The NSPA is a fully customer-funded agency, operating on a “no profit - no loss” basis. It brings together NATO’s logistics and procurement-support activities in a single organization, providing integrated multinational support solutions for its stakeholders. At the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, NATO Heads of State and Government agreed to reform the 14 existing NATO agencies, agreeing to streamline them into three major programmatic themes: procurement, support, and communications and information. As part of the reform process, NSPA was established 1 July 2012 as a result of the merger of the former in-service support agencies: the NATO Maintenance Supply Agency (NAMSA), the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA), and the Central Europe Pipeline Management Agency (CEPMA). For more information:

The National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation (NCDR) is Jordan’s national authority on all landmine and explosive remnants 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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/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:

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:

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

The Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) is a South-Sudanese mine-action organization founded in 1999 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:

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:

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:

The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (Fondation Suisse de Déminage, 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’s focus is on locating and destroying landmines and unexploded ordnance on the ground and under water, but it also engages in projects related to the reduction of physical and chemical pollution and the collection and destruction of many types of arms and ammunition. For more information:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), founded in 1965, is the global development network of the United Nations. 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:

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) was established in 1982 following the United Nations’ 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:

Public-Private Partnerships

The Public-Private Partnership Program of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) was launched in October 1997 to enlist civil society support for clearing persistent landmines and explosive remnants of war, teaching mine-risk education, and rendering assistance to survivors of landmine- and unexploded-ordnance accidents around the world. The Public-Private Partnership logo, created by CISR, was originally used to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Public-Private Partnership Program, which continues to this day to encourage private-sector involvement.

Association of Volunteers in International Service

Center for International Rehabilitation

Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR/JMU)

Center for Teaching International Relations

Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia (CIREC)

Children of Armenia Fund

Children’s Surgical Centre

C King Associates, Ltd.

Clear Path International

Coalition Against Landmines (CALM)

Cranfield Mine Action


Danish Demining Group

Demining Agency for Afghanistan (DAFA)

Fenix Insight Ltd.

Freedom Fields USA

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)

Global Care Unlimited

Golden West Humanitarian Foundation

Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation

The HALO Trust

Handicap International

Health Volunteers Overseas

Help Handicapped International

Humpty Dumpty Institute

Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP)

International Eurasia Press Fund (IEPF)

ITF Enhancing Human

Security Iraqi Mine & UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO)

The Julia Burke Foundation

Landmine Relief Fund

Landmines Blow!

Legacies of War

Lipscomb University

MAG (Mines Advisory Group)

Mine Clearance Planning Agency – Afghanistan

Mine Detection Center – Afghanistan

Marshall Legacy Institute

Medical Care Development International

Messiah College Landmine Action Project

M.I.N.D. Labs (Michigan State University)

One Sri Lanka Foundation

Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR)

PeaceTrees Vietnam

People to People International

The Polus Center for Social Economic Development

Positive Play

Prestige Health Care Technologies

Project RENEW

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation

Roots of Peace

Rotarians for Mine Action

Save the Children

Schonstedt Instrument Company

Southpac Consulting Ltd.

Spirit of Soccer

Survey Action Center

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD)

Torrens Resilience Group

United for Colombia

World Education World Rehabilitation Fund

International Organization Partners

Organization of American States (OAS)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

U.S. Department of State
Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Director: James F. Lawrence,

Deputy Director, Policy: Steve R. Costner,

Acting Deputy Director, Programs: Dennis Hadrick,

Resource Management: Susan Douglas,

Public Affairs and Public Engagement: Kristin Dowley,

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