Greetings from Legacies of War
As we reflect on the year, we are especially grateful to our supporters, who helped us to reach a major milestone in 2014. Without you, we would never have been able to accomplish all that we have over the past ten years, including the highest ever allocation by Congress of $12M in annual U.S. funding. This means more Lao land being cleared for farming, increased number of victims receiving assistance, and fewer deaths and injuries caused by UXO annually.
What was once deemed insurmountable - the task of clearing UXO from Laos - is now viewed as solvable and within the foreseeable future. We hope you will join us to reach this goal!
Please consider a year-end contribution to Legacies. Your generosity will help us build on the success of the last decade. Together, we will ensure that Laos is not forgotten and removing UXO remains a priority for the U.S. government.
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year, and please keep in touch with us!
Legacies of War
Thank YOU for being part of our top 10 over the last decade:
Through our strategic awareness-raising programs, Legacies has spurred and transformed the debates of war legacies in Laos from an historically contentious issue fraught with pessimism to one of renewed hope and cooperation among governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders. Our advocacy has also shone a spotlight on the overall UXO problems in Vietnam and Cambodia, resulting in an increase in demining dollars for the SE Asia region.
As we look towards the next decade, we want to
highlight some significant markers for us at Legacies:
Remembering the families and communities whose lives have been affected by UXO
PHOTO (counter clockwise): A grandmother and sister in Salavan lost their grandson and big brother, two young boys in Xieng Khoang lost their friend a day before the start of the new school year, and family members in Luang Prabang are still grieving from an accident involving six children in their village.
Honoring those who paved the way for our work and who we recently lost, including Fred Branfman, who helped to expose the bombing, and Roger Rumpf, who worked to address its aftermath.
(Above) Fred Branfman on a the Plain of Jars during a Legacies Learning Trip to Laos (2008)
Celebrating our progress and acknowledging our key supporters at Legacies of War's 10th Anniversary Celebration this July in Washington, DC.
Reflecting on the last decade and planning for the future with our board, staff and stakeholders, who are leading a strategic planning process for the next decade, including assessing our past and laying the groundwork for our future.
Renewing the goal of a safe Laos by sustaining a growing movement to address the UXO issue. We'll continue to help cultivate and support a new generation of passionate educators and advocates, including filmmakers, community advocates and students, working for greater awareness and action for a safer Laos. With this in mind, we have an exciting year planned.