Schools Not Bombs
From Tragedy to HopeA new generation of Laotians continues to suffer from the enduring legacies of cluster bombs leftover from three decades ago when Laos became the most bombed country in the world. Preschools will replace bombs on land that have been cleared, providing a safe environment for children and educational opportunities to overcome the barriers of poverty.Through this campaign, we seek to transform a tragic past into a hopeful future for the people of Laos.
The Needs of Laotian ChildrenIn Laos, 38 percent of children do not attend primary school, less than 40 percent of children under 5 are moderately to severely underweight, and 9 percent of children do not live to be 5 years old.
A Tragic PastFrom 1964 to 1973 the U.S. dropped over 2 million tons of bombs on Laos, including 260 million cluster bombs, as part of the second Indochina War. The 580,000 bombing missions flown over Laos equaled one bombing mission every eight minutes around the clock for nine years, making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.Up to 30 percent of the bombs did not detonate, contaminating 37 percent of the land in Laos.
A Present ProblemIt is estimated that at least 13,000 civilians, more than 40 percent of them children, have been killed or maimed since the war ended in 1973. Over half the casualties have been from cluster bombs.The small, toy-like objects appeal to children, particularly boys who have the highest incidence of casualties.In recent years, the high demand for scrap metal by surrounding countries has led to increased injuries as impoverished Laotians harvest the bombs for metal.
Creating a New LegacyThe Schools Not Bombs Campaign offers a new legacy of hope to Laotian children and their families for a better future grounded in education and opportunities to overcome poverty.
You can help to create a New LegacyDonate to the Schools Not Bombs CampaignYour Contribution would support the following preschool program activities:
- Construction and furnishing preschools
- Water supply, bathrooms, sinks and septic system
- Electricity, fans and lights
- Identifying and placing preschool-aged children
- Recruiting and training teachers
- Funding free-lunch programs for preschool-aged children
- Providing medical services such as child immunizations
- Documenting students’ academic progress
Please donate and make checks payable to: Give Children A Choice c/o Schools Not Bombs Campaign PO Box 2298 Matthews, NC 28106Or visit www.givechildrenachoice.org to make an online donation Legacies of War (legaciesofwar.org) was founded in 2004 to raise awareness about the deadly legacy of unexploded U.S. cluster bombs in Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war and create greater hope for a future of peace. The organization integrates art, culture, education and dialogue to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. Give Children a Choice (www.givechildrenachoice.org) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 2002 and whose mission is to build and fill preschools with children in Asia, beginning with the country of Laos. Its primary objective is to raise educational achievement for preschool children during their critical formative years and increase elementary school attendance of girls by alleviating the need for them to care for siblings.