Who we work withGolden West Humanitarian Foundation
Golden West Humanitarian Foundation
The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to the development of innovative, appropriate technologies to overcome the operational limitations encountered by the humanitarian mine action community.
With an abundance of combined experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), engineering, training, chemistry, and geo-physics, Golden West personnel are highly qualified to effectively improve the operational efficacy of the organizations working to rid the planet of the deadly Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). By working collaboratively with governments, the UN, National Mine Action Centers and NGOs, we address the needs of the mine action community and strive to ensure the widest dissemination and use of the innovative systems we develop in order to save lives.
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Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing team
Tony "Bomber" Bower-Miles was a young engineer in the Australian Army when he first went to Vietnam in the late 1960's. Land mines, in particular US made M16 anti-personnel mines, were one of the major threats faced by our troops, and much of Bomber's work involved cleaning up their aftermath along with other explosive ordnance devices (EOD's) positioned by the enemy and used to great effect against Australian troops.
In 2001, Bomber returned to South East Asia, putting his minefield breaching and clearance skills to work in the task of locating and destroying some of the millions of land mines that still contaminate Cambodia. On a shoestring budget, Bomber established the Vietnam Veterans' Mine Clearing Team. In early 2008 the Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team - Cambodia Inc was registered as an incorporated entity in Queensland. (IA:36313) and registered with the Australian Government Business Register (ABN.22868580912).
These days, Bomber, Mac McGregor and Gerry Lyall physically and financially support the Cambodian Self Help Demining operation, a Non Government Organisation (CSHD NGO) and were directly involved with the CSHD's accreditation and certification as a demining organisation with the Cambodian authorities and continues to support them with the donations of concerned Australians. By the end of 2013, together they’ve cleared over 1.9 million square metres of contaminated land. Land that was previously killing people is now being put to productive agricultural use and in turn making Cambodia a much safer place for their children.
Follow this link to their website http://vvmct.com.au/index.htm
Cambodian Self Help De-mining
Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) is an all Khmer (Cambodian) demining company. It was founded by Khmers, for Khmers. It's founder Aki Ra, an ex-child soldier, fought throughout the Cambodian wars of the late 20th century. He fought with the Khmer Rouge. Captured by the Vietnamese, he fought with them and when they left he fought with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
Throughout those many years he watched the horror of landmines destroy life after life. In the early 1990s he got the opportunity to help clean up some the problems the armies he fought for created and he found he was very good at it. He cleared landmines and UXO for years wherever he found them, He cleared them alone, and he cleared them for free.
Follow this link to their website http://www.cambodianselfhelpdemining.org/
Landmine Relief Fund
The Landmine Relief Fund (LMRF) is a non profit NGO dedicated to supporting the work of Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD), the Cambodian Landmine Museum. We are specifically dedicated to assisting them in their work of eradicating landmines throughout the country of Cambodia and caring for the children living at the Landmine Museum Relief Center. The LMRF has 2 staff members living in Cambodia. They are working with CSHD and the Museum to assist in implementing our mission and helping CSHD and the Museum and Relief Center meet theirs.
In many villages where we have cleared landmines they have no access to education. The LMRF and CSHD and the Landmine Museum have partnered to create the Rural School Village Program (RSVP). We provide villages with the material to build their own school. The villagers hire the most educated person in the village to be the teacher. RSVP provides the textbooks, the school supplies, and in many cases the salaries for the teachers. Today (October 2014) we support 9 schools and nearly 1,000 students. .
Follow this link to their website http://www.landmine-relief-fund.com/
Lt. Daniel Cheney was a US Army helicopter pilot killed during the Vietnam War in 1969. Dan was also a son and brother. His sister, Jerilyn, committed herself to honoring his memory.
When relations were reestablished with the country in 1995, Jerilyn and friends realized this commitment by traveling to Vietnam on a mission of peace and compassion. Their idea was simple: Clear the land of the scars and remnants of war. Plant trees and fresh hope in their place. This hope is created through PeaceTrees Vietnam’s work to create healthy futures for the children and families of Central Vietnam, beginning first with ensuring that Quang Tri Province, one of the poorest and most war-torn regions of the country, is a safe place to live.
Even today, more than 40 years after the war’s end, nearly 85% percent of the land remains unsafe, riddled with landmines, bombs, grenades and other unexploded ordnance.
Follow this link to their website http://www.peacetreesvietnam.org/our-work