MLI believes in targeted, effective programs that 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). For the past 20 years, MLI has donated highly trained MDDs and Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs) to the neediest of mine-impacted countries, training and equipping local dog handlers to safely employ the dogs in mine clearance operations.
In addition to providing life-saving dogs to prevent injuries from mines and explosives, MLI also implements a variety of Survivors’ Assistance projects to assist men, women, and children who have been injured by landmines and address the myriad needs of people living in countries recovering from conflict. Projects include providing prosthetic limbs, medical treatment, rehabilitative care, and vocational training for mine survivors, as well as training for medical doctors who may not have the specialized knowledge or equipment to assist landmine survivors and their unique needs.
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 through the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS). This unique program promotes global citizenship and engages American children in the landmine issue. MLI’s CHAMPS team travels throughout the United State with our “canine ambassador,” a retired Mine Detection Dog named Yankee, and presents simulated minefield demonstrations to tens of thousands of children each year, sparking interest among the American youth in the landmine issue and inspiring them to explore the problem and to become part of the solution.
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 and it has fostered friendship and trust between youth within Bosnia’s three majority ethnic groups (Bosniak, Croat, and Serb).
In May, 2017, MLI established our Women’s Empowerment programs, which launched with the implementation of a program in southern Iraq for war widows. Over the past year, MLI has helped 80 vulnerable Iraqi women who were 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 needed to enhance and develop job skills and employment opportunities. Small grants have also been given to the women as seed money to help them start their own businesses and gain employment. This program is helping the women be in a significantly improved position to support themselves and their dependent family members.
Lastly, MLI recently initiated a new youth Leadership Development program called Peace Makers and Problem Solvers (PMPS) that focuses on building tomorrow’s global leaders. Through this program, MLI equips educators with tools and resources to implement a curriculum in their classroom that focuses on leadership development and problem solving skills. PMPS connects high school students in North America with students in conflict-impacted countries, teaching young people how to work together to identify humanitarian issues and collaborate to work towards a solution.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today for more information about supporting our programs or getting involved!