Legacies of War is very excited to announce “Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives,” a groundbreaking national speakers tour.
The Voices from Laos tour will officially 'kick-off' in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on Thursday, April 4th and culminate in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 30th, the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war.
The tour will create a space for dialogue on how individuals and communities are affected by Vietnam War-era UXO (unexploded ordnance, or unexploded bombs) in Laos, how the problem is being addressed in the country, and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos.
There are 3 primary goals for the tour:
1. Raise awareness and educate targeted U.S. audiences about the issue of UXO in Laos. Audiences will hear directly from individuals whose lives have been affected by UXO about the impact of this issue on communities in Laos and about the many courageous people in Laos working to solve it. Our goal is for attendees to learn about and engage in this issue through active dialogue.
2. Inspire and motivate people in the U.S. to take action to help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people in Laos. We want to harness the energy generated by the discussion by providing audiences ideas for taking action. By mobilizing communities, Legacies of War will build a movement to stop the senseless deaths and injuries caused by UXO and build a bright future for the children of Laos.
3. Raise current and future funding support, both for the UXO sector and for Legacies’ continued work. In addition to spreading the word, audiences will have the opportunity to donate money to support Legacies’ education and awareness-raising work in the U.S., as well as programs on the ground in Laos. We will also pursue sponsorships, both to support the tour and to build a foundation for the next phase of our work.
Sponsors include the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement, World Education, United Nations Development Program, the Permanent Mission of the Lao PDR to the United Nations, and many others.
For more information on how to get involved with the Voices from Laos speakers tour, including partnering, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Legacies of War Executive Director Channapha Khamvongsa (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Project Director for the tour Adam Thongsavat (email@example.com).
One of a select group of female deminers who work in Laos to clear bombs. Many of them are mothers and wives, who go to work everyday to make Lao safer for their families and communities.