Cambodian Self Help Demining

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Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) is a nonprofit NGO founded by Aki Ra in Cambodia. Its mission is to clear landmines and UXOs in 'low priority' villages throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia.[1] Low priority villages are often villages in remote area with limited traffic and populated by poor farmers. Hence, they do not receive priority from mine clearance projects and are at times overlooked.[2]

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Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) is a nonprofit NGO founded by Aki Ra in Cambodia. Its mission is to clear landmines and UXOs in 'low priority' villages throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia.[3] Low priority villages are often villages in remote area with limited traffic and populated by poor farmers. Hence, they do not receive priority from mine clearance projects and are at times overlooked.[2]The development problems that Cambodia faces with regard to landmines are enormous. The CSHD helps to solve some of the problems, such as rural poverty, by giving people access to previously hazardous land that can be used for farming, houses and schools to improve their standard of living.[2] In 2010, CSHD cleared seven villages, removed 150 mines and UXOs and put 4,695 people back on previously mine-contaminated land. They also helped to build and support two village schools and paid the teacher’s salaries.[4]

CSHD has set up a Landmine Relief Fund to support the demining process. The main aim of the Fund is to seek contributions from external organizations to finance maintainenace of the demining team. It costs about $9,000 USD per month to maintain a demining team in the field, with the deminers paid up to $250USD per month.[5][better source needed] In 2011, CSHD had only 1 demining team, comprising 18 deminers working in the field and 7 support staff.[6][better source needed] It has been a continuing challenge for CSHD to raise funds.

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Besides actively carrying out demining work in the field, Cambodian Self Help Demining also cares for the children living at the Landmine Museum Relief Center; a home to children who have been orphaned by landmines and have no one else to take care of them. Their mission is to provide education and support for children at risk.[7] The provision of shelter and education for these children allows them to have a higher standard of living, with education providing employment opportunities in the future.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "CSHD". Cambodianselfhelpdeminig.org. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "CNN on Cambodia Demining". Edition.cnn.com. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cambodian Self Help Demining- About". Cambodianselfhelpdeminig.org. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Facebook page of CSHD". Facebook.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "CSHD facebook enquiry". Facebook.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cambodian Landmine Museum". Cambodialandminemuseum.org. Retrieved 19 November 2017.