MLI’s Survivors’ Assistance programs and Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) help people, particularly children, who have been injured by mines by providing prostheses, rehabilitative treatment, vocational training in areas such as carpet weaving, embroidery and tailoring, and physicians’ training so doctors can become experts in the field of rehabilitation in their native, mine-affected countries.
Why Survivors’ Assistance
The destruction caused by landmines doesn’t end when the bomb detonates and the debris settles. For children who are injured by landmines, their physical injuries are often more severe than adults, their emotional trauma greater, and their economic prospects significantly bleaker. The majority of child mine victims have little chance of going to school, receiving the prostheses or medical care they need, learning skills that could help them adapt to their new condition, or growing a family when they become adults.
For adult mine victims, the challenges can be overwhelming and they typically have great difficulty finding employment and are unable to support themselves or their family members. To alleviate the stress and debilitating effects caused by landmines to men, women, and children, MLI works to provide medical treatment, and vocational and computer education classes to help these survivors and their families recover and reintegrate into society.
MLI’s Survivors’ Assistance programs and Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) have helped thousands of individuals in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Yemen where more than tens of thousands of individuals received Mine Risk Education (MRE) and hundreds are given medical assistance each year. Recently, more than 75 survivors in Lebanon received medical assistance and vocational training. In Iraq, 21 individuals received critically needed prostheses and medical treatment, and an additional 6,100 received Mine Risk Education. Through CHAMPS, dozens of mine survivors in Yemen received prostheses and medical care, seven participated in English classes, and thirteen female survivors received vocational training classes in sewing and job placement support. In Bosnia Herzegovina, children from three schools in mine-contaminated regions received extensive Mine Risk Education classes, which they then shared with others in their community with support from the Fantomi Sitting Volleyball Team and accredited MRE instructors. Additionally, five mine survivors received prostheses and needed medical care.