Laos is the most heavily bombed country on earth. There are still 80 million live cluster bombs, as well as larger bombs, littering the country from U.S. bombing during the Vietnam War. Restoration Laos funds a team of brave Lao explosives clearance experts who are restoring land, safety, and peace of mind, one village at a time.
Restoration Laos has a single goal: to fund a bomb clearance team that would otherwise not be able to operate. Every rice paddy that is cleared can feed a village. Every school yard can become a place of play without fear. Clearing bombs not only saves lives, it sets people free.
Restoration Laos is the 100% sponsor of Mine Action Team 53: twelve Lao technicians who seek out unexploded bombs in farm land, school playgrounds, villages, and other places people live. When they find bombs they either blow them up or disable them, so they are no longer a danger to local adults and children. Team 53 is currently clearing bombs from four villages in Khammouane Province, one of the poorest areas in Laos. Our work area is right at the Laos-Vietnam border, near the Mu Gia Pass where the Ho Chi Minh Trail crossed into Lao territory.
The team is administered by Mines Advisory Group (MAG), which has global experience in clearing the explosive remnants of war. All donations to support their work are received by MAG America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
From April 2023 to April 2024, the team is clearing bombs from four villages, directly benefiting 1673 people. That works out to about $85 per person. Tell me more.
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