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3/6/2019 4:25:38 PM

Project RENEW, Hue University’s Quang Tri Branch cooperate in mine risk education

Project RENEW signed a cooperation agreement with the Youth Union of Hue University’s Quang Tri Branch on March 6 at their campus on piloting a Mine Risk Education project through community-based mural artwork.

 

At the event. Photo: Project RENEW.

This mural project is aimed to make contributions to reinforcing children’s and adults’ awareness of unexploded ordnance (UXO), sustain and expand the community reporting networks at districts and help collect information of UXO sightings in support of UXO removal.

In addition, during the project implementation, arts students of the Hue University’s Quang Tri Branch will have opportunities to exchange their knowledge and talents, experience local communities and inspire people on drawing and artworks. Under the financial support of FJC - A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, in 2019, Project RENEW and the Hue University’s Quang Tri Branch Youth Union will conduct 17 mural campaigns coupled with UXO risk education in the entire Quang Tri Province

Founded in 2001, Project RENEW is a cooperative program between the government of Quang Tri Province and foreign non-governmental organisations dedicated to restoring the environment and neutralising the effects of the war. Project RENEW carries out UXO Survey and Clearance, Victim Assistance and Risk Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State, Irish Aid and other foundations and individuals.

Quang Tri province has the highest rate of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination in the country, with 81 per cent of its natural area, or 3,866 square kilometres, was embedded with unexploted bombs and mines. Leftover landmines have killed 3,430 people and injured 5,100 others so far.

In 1996, Quang Tri was the first locality in Vietnam to carry out a pilot foreign-funded UXO clearance programme in partnership with the U.S. non-governmental organisation (NGO) PeaceTrees Vietnam. Since then, a number of international NGOs like MAG and NPA have joined the effort.

In the past 23 years, the province has received more than USD 80 million from domestic and foreign sponsors to address post-war consequences.

Thanks to the support, 132 million square metres of UXO-contaminated land in the locality have been cleaned up, helping ensure safety for local residents and develop local socio-economy. In addition, the foreign aid also funded the building of hundreds of houses and communication works to raise public awareness of landmines./. 

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