It's the start of July and a new fiscal year for many non-profits who are doing great work around the world.
This month, I'm highlighting different Lao organizations and projects serving our community who could also use a boost, such as a cash donation or volunteer services to help them get their year started off on the right foot. I strongly encourage you to help make a difference!
Today I'm highlighting Legacies of War, who has been at the forefront of creating UXO awareness in Laos for 10 years now. Legacies of War is the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). They raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace.
Their work has led to a four-fold increase of U.S. funding for UXO clearance and victim assistance in Laos, from $3M in 2008 to $12M in 2014. In bringing greater attention and increasing resources, they’ve helped to make a real impact on the ground in Laos: more land being cleared, lives being saved and additional care and services available for the approximately 12,000 UXO victims living in Laos.
From national speaking tours to amazing exhibits, they've been very effective bringing the community together and putting the issue in a clear context not only for Lao but for the rest of the world.
They've used their funds responsibly and accountably and many who've interned and volunteered with them have gone on to amazing work on many other causes. Give them a look at: http://legaciesofwar.org