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PeaceTrees, Vietnam, Annual Report, 2011, humanitarian demining
PeaceTrees Vietnam is a Seattle-based humanitarian §501(c)(3) organization working in Central Vietnam to assist those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the explosive remnants of war. Founded in 1995, PeaceTrees was the first international non-governmental organization given permission to engage in humanitarian demining work in Vietnam after the war.
Quang Tri Province, where our work is focused, is one of the poorest and most war-torn provinces of Vietnam. Over the last thirty five years, more than 10,800 people in the province have been killed or maimed by landmines and unexploded ordnance. In one out of every five cases, the victim is a child. PeaceTrees is a strong believer that mine action involves more than clearing war contaminated land.
Today, our mine action work has expanded to include sponsoring the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO); promoting mine risk education and accident prevention education; engaging in environmental and community restoration projects; conducting tree-planting/citizen diplomacy programs for environmental restoration and friendship building; offering assistance to UXO victims and their families; micro-credit lending; and sponsoring economic and social development.