MLI Programs

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.

MDDPP Social Impact
MDDPP Women's Empowerment
Survivors' Assistance Inter-religious Reconciliation
CHAMPS Leadership Development

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.


Mine Action Programs

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).

Interethnic reconciliation in Bosnia

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.

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Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine-affected countries. Learn about MLI's Share-A-Dog program and how you can help!


With your support MLI has trained and donated 37 dogs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they are "sniffing out" landmines and saving lives.


In Iraq, 70% of all victims are children injured or killed when traveling to school, playing, or working to contribute to family income. Help protect a child.


All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Help us rid the world of the landmine epidemic.


Landmines have killed or maimed more people than nuclear, chemical and biological weapons combined. However, this man-made epidemic can be reversed in our lifetime. Help make landmines a thing of the past.


Generous, private Americans have sponsored more than 240 life-saving Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs), and these dogs have searched tens of thousands of acres of mine affected land in 11 countries!


Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 240 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). Last year, our active dogs searched thousands of acres of mine-contaminated land! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.