September 2017 Update
2017 has been an exceptional year for PeaceTrees Vietnam. Our efforts to clear Quang Tri Province of unexploded ordnance are even more successful and more efficient than in the past, and a total of 40 Explosive Ordnance Technicians are now trained to international standards. Our Black Pepper Project has been successful, allowing pepper farmers to better provide for their families. The pepper is now almost ready to be harvested and sold at the market. We also saw the expansion of our Healthful Gardens for Healthy Children project earlier this year, thanks to the generous help of Seattle area Rotary clubs and the Kirchoff Fitness group! Thank you for your dedication to PeaceTrees Vietnam and the people of Quang Tri Province!
In the Field
We are pleased to report outstanding results so far in 2017!
Our 40 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians have been working hard to make land safe, and below are our accomplishments to date:
2017 Accomplishments—January to July
- 1439 unexploded bombs and landmines cleared
- 285,916 square meters (70.7 acres) cleared
- 815 EOD team field responses
- 7,810 people benefited from Mine Risk Education
- 35,436 individuals who benefited from our work
This year, our teams have cleared many sites including cluster munition contamination sites, and ensured that land that can now be used to build schools, community buildings, roads, or as farmland. Three of the sites cleared will be used for future PeaceTrees kindergartens. By clearing these sites of harmful unexploded ordnance, our EOD technicians have increased the amount of safe land for those in Quang Tri Province. To the left are pictures of cluster munitions gathered by our EOD teams. Without your support or the support of the United States Department of State, this lifesaving work would not be possible. Thank you!