Adopt a Minefield
is a program which engages individuals, community groups, and
businesses in the United Nations effort to resolve the global
landmine crisis. The Campaign helps save lives by raising funds
for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness
about the landmine problem.
Make your own donation!
We hope that you will encourage your school, students and fellow
teachers to contribute towards a donation which can be made directly
to Adopt-A-Minefield. Your help will go towards supporting those
who have been hurt by landmines as well as towards the continuing
education about the dangers of landmines.
How can I help raise funds for Adopt-A-Minefield?
Get students involved by helping to raise money which can be
collected by a teacher and then contributed directly to the Adopt-A-Minefield®
Campaign. You can donate as much or as little as you want whether
its' $5, $25, or $1000. Donations can be made by check, credit
card, electronic transfer, or stock transfer. Need some ideas
how to help? - 50 ideas
for schools from Adopt-a-minefield can help!
For more information or to donate please also visit http://www.adopt-a-minefield.org
"All of the money raised will go to clear minefields
and to help survivors," says Heather Mills McCartney. "Just £1
clears a square meter of land, £ 50 helps a child walk again."
"As Patrons and Goodwill ambassadors of Adopt-A-Minefield we are delighted
to support the World's Largest Lesson 2003. Through the World's Largest Lesson
thousands of students around the world will become aware of this most important
issue and help raise funds to solve the problem."
McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney
The Campaign seeks national and international sponsors to adopt
minefields that the United Nations has identified as being in urgent need of clearance.
Sponsors raise funds in their communities to clear their adopted minefields and
return land to productive use. The cost of clearing these areas ranges from thousands
to millions of dollars, depending on the size and type of minefield and the complexity
of the demining task. Sponsors may adopt entire minefields (typically between
US$25,000 and US$40,000) or contribute smaller amounts (as little as US$2), which
are pooled with other contributions. 100% of the money raised will go to clear
minefields and to help survivors.
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Since its official launch in March
1999, the Campaign has received over $11 million in payments, pledges, and grants
for the removal of minefields and helping survivors in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia
and Herzegovina, Iraq, Laos, Cambodia, Croatia, Mozambique and Vietnam.
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Is It Necessary to Have a Campaign to Clear Minefields?
The global landmine
crisis is one of the most pervasive problems facing the world today. It is estimated
that there are between 45 and 70 million landmines in the ground in at least 90
countries. Landmines reportedly maim or kill 19,000 civilians every year. Those
who survive endure a lifetime of physical, psychological, and economic hardship.
Tragically, local communities in mine-affected countries often do not have the
resources to clear their own land and to provide adequate care for their landmine
survivors. They depend primarily upon financial assistance from governments and
international and nongovernmental organizations. Adopt-A-Minefield® is a grassroots
effort to provide this aid.
here to visit the Adopt-A-Minefield website.
images (c) Adopt-A-Minefield.
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