MLI believes in targeted, effective programs that remove landmines and restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI programs are a collaborative effort between the people of the United States and the country involved – check out our Where We Work page to read more about country-specific projects.
Mine Action Programs
The deadly legacy of landmines remains long after wars are over. Mines and explosives pose a constant threat to stability and safety to people in mine-contaminated countries. MLI’s Mine Action Programs emphasize the importance of helping countries help themselves to overcome the physical, social, and economic burden of these hidden killers. MLI is the only organization in the world that builds indigenous demining capacity by donating highly trained Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) and then training local handlers to safely and effectively employ the MDDs in national landmine clearance programs through our Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program (MDDPP).
There are hundreds of thousands of people who have already been injured by landmines, and approximately 5,000 additional men, women, and children are hurt each year by mines and explosives. Therefore, the Survivors’ Assistance program began as a way to implement a variety of programs, including the provision of medical treatment and vocational training, that assist those who have been injured by landmines. In addition to directly helping mine-affected countries, MLI also focuses on raising awareness about the devastating effects of landmines among youth within the United States, while also encouraging their leadership skills, through the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS).
Social Impact Programs
MLI’s Social Impact Programs began as a way to assist communities in post-conflict countries live a more fulfilling life. They help to rebuild peace, promote leadership among youth, and put a strong emphasis on the empowerment of women and the improvement of their role in society. Our Inter-religious Reconciliation program was launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 as an expansion of CHAMPS, and it has fostered friendship and trust between youth within Bosnia’s three majority ethnic groups (Bosniak, Croat, and Serb). MLI is expanding this program to other post-conflict countries. In May, 2017, MLI expanded our Survivors’ Assistance program to establish Women’s Empowerment programs, which was launched with the implementation of a program in southern Iraq for women. By providing vulnerable Iraqi women who are facing increased financial responsibility, due to the loss or severe injury of a male provider in their family, with the training, mentoring, and internship opportunities they need to enhance and develop job skills and employment opportunities, they will be in a significantly improved position to support themselves and their dependent family members.
Lastly, MLI is currently expanding our CHAMPS program to focus on high school students through a Leadership Development program called Peace Makers and Problem Solvers (PMPS). Through this program, MLI equips educators with tools and resources to implement a curriculum in their classrooms that focuses on leadership development and problem solving skills, and connects students in North America with students in conflict-impacted countries so young people work together to identify humanitarian issues and collaborate to work towards a solution.