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“We would like to express our sincere thanks to Steve Clack who decided to share 50% of all incomes from his artwork sales from both FCC Angkor gallery and online gallery”

Check out his amazing works at the FCC Angkor Hotel gallery or his online gallery below:

HELP CAMBODIA RECOVER FROM COVID-19 BY SUPPORTING THE TOGETHER PROJECT

The Covid-19 pandemic hit Cambodia hard. Siem Reap, a city with a tourist industry, was hit particularly hard. Hotels were closed, restaurants shuttered, Pub Street & the Night Market were closed and dark, and thousands lost their jobs. There was hardly a tuk-tuk to be found. Without tourists, there was no money. Without money, there is no food.

Slowly, with the disease phasing out and vaccines, international tourism is picking up. However, we do not expect to see the same levels for at least a couple of years. Cambodia will continue to suffer from a “COVID Economy” for a long time.

Working with the Rural Schools Support Organization, the Landmine Relief Fund, began a food distribution program in March of 2020, called “The Together Project.” Supply distribution began in late April of 2020. and continues into 2022.  

THE TOGETHER PROJECT (TTP) built an organic farm in Bakong to teach rural and suburban people how to grow food to supplement their diet and their wallet. TTP has a hydroponic greenhouse, a covered garden and a mushroom house.  today they are running classes to help local people grow straw mushrooms that wholesale for $/kilo and retail for $6/kilo.  Each mushroom house can yield over 100 kilos a month.

None of this is done alone. We can only sustain this program with your help.  Please, click the donations button above and donate whatever you can. No donation is too small. A little goes a long way. We have had donations from just $3 to stock that is sold to buy food for people who have little or nothing to eat soon.

You can read more about what the Together Project and the Sustainable Crop Farming Program do at our website.

Landmines and UXO in Cambodia.  Help Cambodia reach ‘Landmine Free’ status by 2025

 Cambodians have suffered through decades of conflict, including a civil war, American bombings, the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and its genocide, and Vietnamese occupation. The country has been working for decades to clear all the mine fields.  The objective is ‘Mine Free Cambodia’ by 2025.  This can be done. But it will be difficult to do alone.  the Landmine Relief Fund has been supporting mine clearance in Cambodia since 2003.  Today we support 3 Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, bomb squads at a cost of $180,000.  This isn’t done alone. 

Landmines and unexploded ordnances are leftover from the fighting, contaminating the land in Cambodia. Dozens of civilians are injured or killed every year by them. Millions of the landmines have now been cleared, but there is still a long way to go; it is estimated Cambodia will not be entirely cleared of landmines for several decades to come. 

On top of the landmines that litter Cambodia, people must also worry about unexploded ordnance (UXO) that has been left over by the extensive fighting in the 60s and 70s, and  the American bombing campaigns in Cambodia during the Vietnam war. The United States had dropped approximately 110,00 tons of bombs during B-52 raids in Cambodia- estimated to be more bombs than dropped on Japan in the whole of World War Two. It is estimated that around 30% of these bombs dropped never exploded, being left there for decades causing injuries and death to local people.

You can support our mine clearance work at our website here.

HELP BUILD AND SUPPORT RURAL SCHOOLS IN CAMBODIA

The Rural School Village Program has bvuilt 28 schools, mostly in northern and western Cambodia,many on old mine fields and in areas where landmines and UXOs had been threatening the population for decades.  These schools are all part of the Cambodian education systle, rcognized by the government and provided with certified school teachers.  RSSO, with funding from the LMRF, maintains the buildings, provides school supplies and pays the teacher a monthly bonus above their government salary.  Beginning with one school and 35 children in 2011, RSVP has built 28 schools, some with moere than one building, supporting over 100 teachers and 3,200 students.

HELP SUPPORT THE CAMBODIAN LANDMINE MUSEUM

The Landm ine Museum was started in the 1990s by Aki Ra, and ex-child soldier, the founder of Camgbodian Self Help Demining and a CNN Hero.  Before Covid it drew over 30,000 vistors a year, who learned the history of landmines ans UXOs in Cambodia, the history of the war, how landmines are cleared, and how they, and you, can help end this horrible problem. 

The museum supported RSVP.  It donated to CSHD. It gave food to those in need.  Today it can barely stay open.  Until tourism reaches pre-Covid levels, expected to be 2024 at the earliest, the LMRF is raising money to keep it open.

In 2019, Cambodia there were 2,.2 million tickets sold to Angkor Wat; January – June 2022:  65,000.  It’s going to be a while until the economy in Siem Reap recovers.

None of this is done alone.  Support us at www.landmine-relief-fund.com

Follow LMRF on our Instagram page!  https://www.instagram.com/landminerelieffund/

Bill Morse, Founder and President

Who We Are

The Landmine Relief Fund (LMRF) is a U.S. based 501c3 charity that supports the work of Cambodian NGOs. It was established by Bill Morse in 2003 to support the mine-clearing work of Cambodian Self-Help Demining (CSHD), a Cambodian NGO founded by ex-child soldier and CNN hero Aki Ra. 

We work to provide Cambodians the opportunity to live safely, without the constant threat of danger from weapons left behind after nearly 35 years of war

If you like to go to the movies, check out the flick done about us and our work:

Until They’re Gone – a movie about landmines and people who clear them. Now Free On YouTube

What We Do

The Landmine Relief Fund raises money for CSHD’s landmine-clearing work. Additionally, we support the Rural Schools Support Organization’s 2 projects:  Rural School Village Program, that builds and supports primarily rural schools, and  The Together Project that feeds the needy, and teaches them to grow sustainable crops for food and extra income. 

The LMRF supports work in Cambodia to make it better, safer, and self-sufficient. There is nothing in Cambodia that cannot be done by Cambodians. All the work LMRF does is in conjunction with Cambodian charities and Cambodian NGOs.

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Aki Ra, Founder of CSHD, RSVP, and the Cambodia Landmine Museum & Relief Center

Our Partners

In the course of our work, we have built partnerships with many organizations in Cambodia and around the world. Each organization is vital to the work we do in Cambodia; without them we would not be nearly as successful as we have been.

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