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Adopt a Minefield

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."

Paul 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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Why 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.


Click here to visit the Adopt-A-Minefield website.

All images (c) Adopt-A-Minefield.

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