MLI is a Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to helping war-torn countries recover from conflict and regain stability. Our programs are broadly split into Mine Action Programs (Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program, Survivors’ Assistance Programs, and Children Against Mines Programs) and Social Impact Programs (Women’s Empowerment, Inter-religious Reconciliation, and Leadership Development). Please click here to view MLI’s 2016 Annual Report and learn about some of our recent successes.
Explore the countries we work in and where our current biggest needs are by visiting our Where We Work page.
The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) was founded by General Gordon R. Sullivan in 1997, the 50th Anniversary year of the Marshall Plan, to extend the vision & legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall. MLI’s mission is to locate, secure, and apply skills and resources to alleviate suffering, restore hope, and create conditions that nurture stability in countries affected by conflict.
For many nations, a primary obstacle to achieving sustainable progress and stability 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. Therefore, MLI’s Mine Action programs provide landmine-affected countries with the resources & training they need to rid their soil of this horrific scourge and address their long-term impacts. Our Social Impact programs address many of the myriad other humanitarian issues facing countries recovering from war, such as poor economic opportunities for vulnerable women, lingering tensions between ethnic and religious groups, and a lack of educational and leadership development opportunities for youth.
All of MLI’s programs aim to restore dignity and enhance quality of life for people living in conflict-impacted countries; the focus is on building practical, affordable, and sustainable indigenous humanitarian programs.
MLI’s programs emphasize local capacity-building and long-term sustainability, with our largest programs:
- Providing valuable resources (especially highly trained dogs through the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program) and training of local handlers to hasten the pace of landmine clearance operations;
- Providing medical assistance, prosthetic limbs, and vocational training to landmine survivors, and specialized training to doctors & local rehabilitation teams;
- Linking American students with students in conflict-affected countries to work together to identify and to find solutions to humanitarian issues;
- Supporting interethnic & inter-religious reconciliation in post-conflict societies by connecting children from different ethnic/religious groups and uniting them in a common cause;
- Promoting economic empowerment, hope, and dignity for women living in war-torn countries by providing education, training, and mentoring to enhance their job skills and employment opportunities.
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.
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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.
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 2016-2017.