Thursday, December 30, 2010

"...According to the Cluster Munitions Monitor 2010, the U.S. dropped a total of 4.1 million kilograms of sub-munitions over Vietnam between 1965 and 1973, striking 55 of the country’s 64 provinces and cities...

Located on the both sides of the former DMZ, Quang Tri Province was one of the most bombed and shelled areas in the war, resulting in 83.8% of its land area being contaminated with unexploded ordnance according to survey data.

Such deadly war explosives still kill and maim civilians 35 years later...

Making Vietnam free of the danger of war explosives, including cluster bombs, is a huge task requiring extensive financial and human resources, and more assistance from the international community.

Today’s cleanup tasks completed by the RENEW EOD team, similar to the tasks they do every other day, reflect the on-going commitment of Project RENEW staff and others of today’s younger generation, born long after the war ended, to clean up the deadly legacy left behind when the fighting stopped almost four decades ago..."

". . .Despite extensive clearance efforts by military and international NGOs, thousands of UXO still remain on and under the ground, posing an imminent threat to the daily activities of local people, especially children..."

December 2010


It's our pleasure to share with you the final issue of Project RENEW's 2010 quarterly newsletter.

This issue includes the following features:

Accident prevention: RENEW teaches local students how to be safe from cluster bombs, landmines, other ordnance

integrated_MRE 3Cam Lo, Quang Tri (Dec. 13, 2010): Primary students at the Ho Chon Nhon Primary School in Cam Lo District, Quang Tri Province, a total of 250 of children ages 6 to 10, started their new week of learning today with an information session on the dangers of bombs and mines left over from the war that ended more than 35 years ago.

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Another day in Quang Tri: Cluster bombs safely removed from rice fields

cluster bombs on rice fieldToday was another busy working day, but not an unusual one, for Project RENEW’s mobile EOD Quick Response Team. During the first hours of the morning, they traveled some 150 kilometers among three communes in Trieu Phong District of Quang Tri Province to respond to UXO sightings reported by local people.

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Micro-credit program helps women of victim families earn additional income

buffaloA landmine explosion in 2002 took the life of Hoang Thi Thang's husband and threw her family into extreme circumstances. Ms. Thang had to work hard every day to carry on, and to keep her son in school. Thang's neighbor, Ms. Hoang Thi Hoa is not widowed as is Ms. Thang, however she also has been the breadwinner in a family of five since she got married in 1994. Her husband has not been able to work since a U.S. bombing attack in 1972 which killed his entire family. He was the only one who survived, but he is permanently disabled.

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Proud to be working in a men's field

nguyen_thi_dieu_linhNguyen Thi Dieu Linh often wishes her day were longer because she has such a pile of work awaiting her every morning. In the summer, when EOD clearance teams depart at 6:30 a.m. for their field work, she has to get up at five to get dressed and have breakfast because she eats slowly.

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About Project RENEW
Established in 2001 as a cooperative effort between the Quang Tri Province People’s Committee and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Project RENEW is dedicated to the goal of Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War.

With authorization and support from the Government of Vietnam, Project RENEW has grown into an international effort under VVMF's sponsorship, with participation from many partners including Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), Trauma Care Foundation (TMC), Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), and UNICEF.

Project RENEW is grateful for funding and technical assistance from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, the Government of Taiwan, foundations and other institutions, and many individual veterans and donors.

What can you do to help?

Project RENEW currently operates in three of ten districts of Quang Tri Province. With more funding support, Project RENEW could expand its successful integrated model into all of the remaining districts and extend services to more people. You can join hands with Project RENEW in our efforts to clean up deadly explosive remnants of war and to assist affected families to rebuild better livelihoods and opportunities for the future.
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Project RENEW
103 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street
Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province

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