Mine Detection Dogs
MLI has donated 36 life-saving dogs to Lebanon since 2001. In 2015, the latest six MDDs arrived in Beiruit to replace dogs that had recently been retired. Since 2001, the MDDs have searched well over one million square meters, the equivalent of more than 400 acres, of mine-affected land in Lebanon.
Current need: This year, MLI plans to donate three more dogs in July to the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) and the Lebanese Armed Forces in order to further enhance the ongoing work in the region to return more land to the Lebanese people. We are currently seeking private donors to sponsor three wonderful dogs, Astor, Roni, and Boa, pictured below. MLI is also seeking to enhance support systems for the Survivors’ Assistance Program. In cooperation with the LMAC and Landmine Resource Center at the University of Balamand, we are currently in the process of selecting 75 Lebanese landmine survivors requiring medical assistance or vocational training. Donate today to help us assist the Lebanese people and keep them safe from mines and explosives!
In September 2011, MLI and the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) traveled to Lebanon to assess the needs of landmine survivors throughout the country. MLI and the ATFL determined that a robust program was needed to support Lebanese non-profit organizations that provide medical and vocational assistance to mine and cluster munitions survivors. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of State and private donors, began in 2012 and continues today, having helped nearly 400 mine survivors. Each year, between 75-100 Lebanese mine/UXO survivors in need of medical assistance are identified and their needs are assessed. Following the assessment, those with medical or prostheses needs are provided treatment and high-quality limbs, and those in need of employment or other vocational support receive extensive training in areas like carpentry, sewing, beekeeping, poultry raising, and more. Small income generating grants are provided to select survivors, which further improves their quality of life and provides them with more economic opportunities.
MLI is continuing our successful Survivors’ Assistance program in Lebanon in 2016 and 2017 – we are in the process of selecting 75 Lebanese landmine survivors requiring either medical assistance or vocational training. MLI is also partnering with the Balady cooperative, a unique cooperative run by landmine survivors in Lebanon, to conduct vocational training courses.