Monday, March 15, 2010

Landmine Relief Fund To Hold Fundraiser

Cambodia Self Help Demining (CSHD) completed its first year in operation at the end of 2009.  We are holding a fundraiser and auction in Palm Springs on April 6, 2010.  It starts at 7pm at Peabody's Cafe, 134 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
The Auction will be to benefit the Landmine Relief Fund, a 501c3 Charity that supports Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD).
In our first year in the field CSHD:
  • cleared over 163,000 square meters of land
  • put over 2,400 people back on land that was, quite literally, killing them before we showed up
  • and we did it for $4,313 per month
This year we plan on adding our 2nd de-mining team.  It will be an all woman team.  Not the first in the country, but it will be the first run by and for Khmers. 

Our team leader is named Sophary.  She is currently our Office Manager.  She works for us full time, goes to school full time, is putting her brother and sister through school.  She's helping her parents pay off their mortgage, and in her spare time, she has a volunteer job.

She is graduating from university in July with a degree in accounting.  She has the opportunity to go to grad school on a full scholarship.  She wants to clear landmines.  One of her best friends was Akira's late wife, Hourt.  Watch the video at the following link.  It's about CSHD and Hourt gives her vision at the end.  It was and is Sophary's vision too.

Sophary is 23 years old.  I've attached her photo.

The Cambodia Landmine Museum, also started by Akira, was founded to spread the word about the after effects of our stupid actions, and to care for the children he and his wife took in.  We currently have 26 kids and will be adding 20+ more before the end of the year.  Á photo of them are also included.  Some are landmine derfulvictims, some were born without limbs, some are orphans and others come from families to poor to feed and clothe them.  We do all that.

I'll be returning to LA for a few days to help organize and run the event.  If you can be there, that would be wonderful.  If you can help with publicity, that would be outstanding.  If you have questions, call me here (my number is noted below) or send me an email.  If you use Verizon, you can text me.

We all work very hard to make this event special, and worthwhile for all.  We've got some great items including jewelry made from eunexplooded ordinance (bombs that didn't go boom and were waiting to kill), B&Bs in Maine, lots of Khmer items, and 2 nights iand 3 days in Siem Reap Cambodia, dinner with Akira and a chance to 'push the button' and blow up a landmine.

Thanks for your help


William W. Morse   
Bill Morse              Post Office Box 4904                          
Palm Springs, CA 92263
President                             International Project Manager
Landmine Relief Fund            Cambodian Self Help Demining   
1.760.834.5613  in the USA          
(855) 015 674 163  in Cambodia         
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Click here for our Blog:  Aki Ra, Landmine and News from the Jungle
May I become at all times, both now and forever, a protector for those without protection, a guide for those who have lost their way, a ship for those with oceans to cross, a bridge for those with rivers to cross, a sanctuary for those in danger, a lamp for those without light, a place of refuge for those who lack shelter, and a servant to all in need.- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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