MLI is a Virginia-based non-profit organization committed to helping war-torn countries help themselves. Our current focus is eliminating the humanitarian dangers and the destabilizing effects of landmines. Please click here to view MLI’s 2015 Annual Report and learn about some of our recent successes.
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What We Do
The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a Virginia-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed in 1997 to extend the vision of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall by alleviating suffering and promoting hope, growth, and stability in war-torn countries. For many nations, a primary obstacle to achieving sustainable progress is the deadly legacy of landmines, the relics of armed conflicts that often ended long ago. Landmines halt agricultural production, impede economic growth, slow the return of refugees, instill fear, and kill and maim innocent citizens on a daily basis, injuring or killing at least one person every 40 minutes.
Thus, MLI’s primary mission is to establish practical, affordable, and sustainable indigenous programs to help severely mine-affected countries rid their land of the horrific scourge of landmines and deal with their lasting impacts. This includes the development, expansion, and sustainment of the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program (MDDPP), which provides Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to accelerate the pace of landmine clearance operations; the Survivors’ Assistance program, which helps those who have been injured by landmines; and the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS), which promotes global citizenship and involves American youth in meaningful service-learning projects to help children living in war-torn countries who have been injured by landmines. These three programs: 1) provide valuable resources, especially mine detection dogs (MDDs), for landmine clearance; 2) educate citizens about the dangers of mines; 3) train national leaders charged with mine action responsibilities; and 4) assist landmine survivors with physical and psychological needs. MLI provides resources and training to help countries build their own affordable, practical and sustainable humanitarian demining programs.
Click here to visit the Giving Library website and hear from MLI’s President, Perry Baltimore, as he discusses MLI’s work around the world.
Together these programs save thousands of lives each year, raise awareness about the global landmine epidemic, and encourage students and organizations to be part of the solution. Donor contributions sponsor and train Mine Detection Dogs (MDD) which are then donated to countries most in need. Donations also go to rehabilitating landmine survivors.
MLI’s Executive Committee on its Board of Directors completed a rigorous assessment of MLI’s programs to monitor effectiveness and recommend changes where needed. Please click here to read the latest assessment for 2014-2015.
To date, MLI has assisted 13 severely mine-contaminated countries by donating 222 lifesaving dogs to sniff out mines, providing assistance to hundreds of survivors, and engaging thousands of American youth in the landmine problem. In 2014-2015, MLI accomplished the following in our humanitarian programs:
- Donated 16 mine detection dogs (MDDs) to Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Lebanon. Our lifesaving MDDs and their brave local handlers searched and cleared more than 3.6 million square meters of minefields, saving & improving lives and returning land to productive use.
- Provided medical assistance to hundreds of young landmine survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
- Provided vocational training to hundreds of landmine survivors.
- Linked American students with schoolchildren in Bosnia, Iraq, and Yemen.
- Partnered with the U.S. Department of State to reassign 15 MDDs from Afghanistan to Azerbaijan and Bosnia. MLI’s partner organization in Afghanistan, the Mine Detection Center (MDC) established a successful breeding and training program for MDDs, which resulted in a reduction of Afghanistan’s mine contaminated land that was suitable for MDD operations and created a surplus of dogs. 21 MDDs that were of retirement age were repatriated to the United States where MLI’s partner in Texas, Mission K9 Rescue, assisted in placing the heroic dogs in loving homes. The 15 active MDDs continue to work with local demining organizations in Azerbaijan and Bosnia.
- During 2014-2015, MLI’s CHAMPS team gave 60 presentations at 45 schools across America, exposing thousands of students and teachers to the program. Through these efforts, 5 mine detection dogs were sponsored by children in 2014-2015 and another 3 campaigns are ongoing.
We will continue to work to alleviate suffering and restore hope for mine survivors as well as the millions of people whose daily lives are affected by landmines by:
- Donating additional MDDs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, northern Iraq (Kurdistan), Lebanon, Sri Lanka and other mine-affected countries.
- Initiate new Survivors’ Assistance and CHAMPS projects in Colombia, Chile, and other mine-affected countries.
- Nurture and expand CHAMPS in Bosnia and Yemen.
The Marshall Plan, named for General George C. Marshall, was established after WWII as a promise made by the United States to rebuild and create a stronger economic foundation for war-torn countries.
MLI was founded in 1997, the 50th anniversary year of the Marshall Plan, to extend its legacy into the 21st Century by providing war-torn, landmine-affected countries with the tools and training needed to rebuild.