“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:
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
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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.
HELP CAMBODIANS SUSTAINABLY GROW CROPS. SUPPORT THE TOGETHER PROJECT
The Covid-19 pandemic hit Cambodia hard. Siem Reap, a city with a tourist industry, was hit particularly hard. Without tourists, there was no money. Without money, there was no food. Working with the Rural Schools Support Organization, the Landmine Relief Fund, began a food distribution program in March of 2020, called THE TOGETHER PROJECT (TTP). Supply distribution began in late April of 2020. and continued into 2022. TTP has since evolved into a teaching farm program.
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, a mushroom house, and, most recently, a schoolhouse. Once the new schoolhouse is completed, TTP will start teaching classes indoors to expand its teaching capacity. TTP has been running classes outside to help local people grow straw mushrooms that wholesale for $4.50/kilo and retail for $6/kilo. TTP has also built a mushroom house at Bakong High School and Chansar Middle School. TTP hopes to bring mushroom houses to other schools in the future. 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. Currently, we have funded half of our operational budget and none of our capital budget. The operational budget keeps the program running and the capital budgets helps us expand.
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 minefields. 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 $200,000. 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. Currently, we have funded the operational budget for 2 of our EOD teams and half of the budget for our other EOD team.
HELP BUILD AND SUPPORT RURAL SCHOOLS IN CAMBODIA
The RURAL SCHOOL VILLAGE PROGRAM (RSVP) has built 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 system, recognized 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 more than one building, supporting over 100 teachers and 3,200 students.
You can read more about our work at our website here. Currently, we have funded the operational budget of RSVP. This includes school supplies, scholarships, and supplemental teacher wages. We have not funded the capital budget that builds new schools.
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
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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.