CHAMPS kids with MLI CEO and President, Perry Baltimore

CHAMPS

Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) is an educational outreach program that engages students in the global effort to rid the world of landmines. The program raises awareness about landmines and gives students the chance to fundraise and sponsor their very own Mine Detection Dog (MDD). Students within the U.S. also connect with students in mine-affected countries to promote global citizenship and cultural exchange.

To learn more, particularly if you are a student or teacher interested in getting involved in CHAMPS, visit our CHAMPS Zone!

CHAMPS impact

How It Works

MLI staff visit schools and community groups around the U.S. to teach students and young people about landmines and their effects on people in other countries. Through simulated minefield demonstrations with MLI’s “canine ambassador,” a retired mine detection dog, youth witness how Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) restore safety by “sniffing out” landmines.

Youth can then initiate their own CHAMPS campaign to raise money and sponsor their very own MDD. Students have the opportunity to name their dog and MLI staff will provide regular reports on the dog’s progress so that the youth are able to see the positive impact their MDD is having on a war-torn community.

Additionally, MLI connects students with schools in mine-affected countries to promote global citizenship and cultural exchange. Through monthly video conferences, the youth are not only able to learn about each other, but the children in the mine-affected countries often identify young landmine survivors in their community that the students in the U.S. can then raise money to support.

Successes

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Tens of thousands of students have participated in CHAMPS. Students have raised over $700,000 and sponsored an impressive 38 Mine Detection Dogs.

CHAMPS programs have been established in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Lebanon, Vietnam, and Yemen. U.S. students, touched by survivors’ stories, have raised money providing dozens of landmine survivors with the medical treatment they need. Learn more about CHAMPS projects in these countries here.

CHAMPS campaigns are currently ongoing in California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. If you are interested in getting involved in CHAMPS, please contact us!

Special Opportunities

children mine program leaders

In many cases, student leaders who have led CHAMPS campaigns are nominated by their teacher to have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and attend MLI’s annual “Clearing the Path” Gala and participate in the CHAMPS Student Leaders Workshop.

Student leaders from CHAMPS campaigns have had the opportunity to travel with MLI staff to mine-affected countries. Students have been able to see their MDDs at work, meet government officials who oversee demining in that country, and had the opportunity to interact with the mine affected country’s young student leaders.

Meet Our Dogs!

Through individual and corporate sponsorship MLI has purchased, trained and delivered over 200 lifesaving dogs. Meet our dogs, and the donors who made everything possible.

CHAMPS Celebrates its 13th Anniversary!

children mine program Diana Enzi

CHAMPS is the brainchild of Diana Enzi, wife of Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. In 2004, she heard about MLI’s Adopt-a-Dog Program and believed that if school children learned about the mine issue, had the chance to see a real MDD in action, and were offered the opportunity to affect change they would respond with a resounding YES! She was right.

Diana led a CHAMPS Campaign across Wyoming which resulted in the first student-sponsored deployment of a highly skilled MDD to Sri Lanka. The dog, appropriately named Wyoming, “sniffs mines” and saves lives, a gift from the students of Wyoming to the children of Sri Lanka.

School children have taken advantage of the exciting opportunity and have joined other students around the nation by sponsoring their very own Mine Detection Dog or raising funds to help a landmine survivor. Schools, Girl Scout troops, and private families across the U.S. have joined in this incredible venture.


DID YOU KNOW?

Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated 210 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to mine-affected countries. Learn about MLI's Share-A-Dog program and how you can help!

DID YOU KNOW?

With your support MLI has trained and donated 33 dogs to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they are "sniffing out" landmines and saving lives.

DID YOU KNOW?

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

Generous, private Americans have sponsored more than 200 life-saving Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs), and these dogs have searched more than 50 million square meters of mine affected land in 11 countries!

DID YOU KNOW?

Because of your support MLI has purchased, trained, and donated more than 200 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs). In 2013-2014, our active dogs searched more than 1,500 acres of mine-contaminated land! Join our Share-A-Dog program and help us donate more of these life-saving animals.


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