Happy Holidays from MLI
Giving Tuesday Successes 
Highlights from the 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala
Survivor Spotlight: Ramps for Schools and Survivor Khadijah
Mine Detection Dog Spotlight: Ari in Lebanon; retirement of Friendship Too and Paco from southern Iraq
CHAMPS Updates: Children in Greenwich, CT raising money to sponsor 13th life-saving dog!
The Marshall Legacy Institute wishes all of our supporters, friends, and donors a joyful holiday season!

In the past year, you have helped us donate 15 lifesaving Mine and Explosive Detection Dogs to Bosnia Herzegovina, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Sri Lanka. With your support, we have provided prosthetic limbs, medical care, and vocational training to nearly 200 landmine survivors in Bosnia, Lebanon, and Yemen, and we have connected children in America with youth in mine-affected countries so they may work together to bring peace and prosperity to vulnerable communities. This year, we also started a business and mentoring training program for Iraqi war widows, so they can support themselves and their families.    
*** This holiday season, when you make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one, we will mail you tribute holiday cards (one for every $25 donation) that you can send to your family and friends. ***
Simply direct your donation to "Holiday Gift Donation Made in Honor of a Loved One" on our donation page and let us know how many cards you would like! You can choose between cards that feature hero Mine Detection Dog Betsy sniffing out mines in Bosnia or ones with brave landmine survivor Yousef from Yemen. We will get them in the mail for you right away. You may also call us at (703-243-9200) to place your donation or text "MLISaves" and the dollar amount you wish to donate to 50155.  
Thanks for your support on #GIVINGTUESDAY!
"Give the Gift of Freedom from Fear" campaign is helping dozens of landmine survivors
This year we once again dedicated our #GivingTuesday campaign to help landmine survivors, like Osamah (pictured above) in Yemen. Our Survivors' Assistance and CHAMPS (Children Against Mines Program) programs have helped thousands of men, women, and children walk, play, and work after suffering terrible injuries from landmines. By providing medical assistance, rehabilitation, and vocational training to landmine survivors, MLI reintegrates individuals back into society so they can not only walk again, but have the skills necessary to improve their livelihoods. We also provide critical mine risk education to tens of thousands of youth each year, helping at-risk children learn how to identify dangerous objects and stay safe in hazardous areas.

There is still time to make your year-end contribution to our programs to help landmine survivors! MLI was recently selected as one of the very best charities in the Washington, DC area by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, so please check out our campaign page where you can view videos and pictures of the survivors you are helping. Don't forget to dedicate your gift to a person you love and let them know how you are making a difference in someone's life. Thank you for your continued support!
Give the Gift of Freedom from Fear
Lifesaving Dogs in the Spotlight
MDDs Friendship Too and Paco retire to the U.S.

In November, two Mine Detection Dogs from southern Iraq, Paco and Friendship Too (see photo below of Friendship Too), retired after many years of lifesaving work sniffing out landmines. These MDDs were donated to the indigenous demining organization IMCO in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Throughout their working years, these magnificent canines searched hundreds of acres, locating mines, and returning the land safely back to the people of Iraq.  

Paco and Friendship Too will arrive soon in the United States to be adopted by two caring families. We are very thankful to the many supporters and friends of MLI who have made the work of Paco and Friendship Too possible.  

MDD Ari in Lebanon

Mine Detection Dog Ari, who was sponsored by Steve and Jaqui Edelmann in 2015, has been busy sniffing out landmines in Lebanon and working alongside his trusted handler, Ghaleb Merhi (see photo below), with the Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC). The LMAC and Ghaleb are incredibly proud of MDD Ari, who is one of the most efficient, enthusiastic, and well-performing MDDs at the LMAC. Since Ari received his accreditation to work as a mine detection dog, he has searched thousands of square meters of land in Lebanon, which has benefited more than 200 people who are now able to farm their land safely.
Support Mine and Explosive Detection Dog Programs in Lebanon
Highlights: 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala

The Marshall Legacy Institute held its 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala at the elegant Fairmont Hotel on October 24, 2017. During this year’s Gala, we were pleased to present well-deserved Awards to extraordinary individuals who made exceptional efforts to help others in war-torn countries. Our Honorees included a U.S. Marine who lost multiple limbs to an IED in Iraq, an inspirational landmine survivor from Bosnia, the Parkinson family from Greenwich, CT, lifesaving dog teams from Iraq and Sri Lanka, Senator & Mrs. Mike Enzi, and Senator & Mrs. Patrick Leahy. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivered a compelling Keynote Address, and congressional & international leaders joined in saluting our Honorees. See more highlights from the evening here. 

Save the date for our 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala, which will be held on October 24, 2018!
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivers the Keynote address
MDD team of the Year, MDD Yankee and handler L/Cpl Rajapaksha of Sri Lanka, perform a mine detection demonstration
CHAMPS updates: Students in Connecticut raise funds to sponsor their 13th life-saving dog!
MLI's K9 Ambassador, MDD Yankee, traveled with MLI's CHAMPS team to Greenwich, Connecticut, to help eager school students raise funds to sponsor their 13th life-saving Mine Detection Dog! MLI's President, Perry Baltimore, and VP for Children's Programs, Kimberly McCasland, introduced MLI to excited, young children who loved meeting and playing with Yankee and watching her perform a mine detection demonstration. Yankee, who retired earlier this year from sniffing out mines in Sri Lanka, happens to be one of the 12 previously sponsored MDDs by students in Connecticut, so it was a fantastic reward for children to meet one of their sponsored dogs! Other previously sponsored MDDs by CHAMPS students in CT include 7 MDDs in Bosnia: Cosby, Tiger Pride, Rachel, Parky, Betsy, Connecticut, and Emily; 2 MDDs in Iraq: Kimberly and Hawk; 2 MDDs in Lebanon: Nutmeg and Shadow; and this year's MDD Nibs who is sniffing out mines in Sri Lanka and is named in honor of an inspirational school administrator in Greenwich, Andrew Niblock.  

Throughout the United States, children have sponsored 38 lifesaving mine detection dogs - an incredible feat that has culminated from the dedication and passion American youth have demonstrated in wanting to help war-torn countries and enable men, women, and children walk the earth free from the fear of mines. If you or someone you know is interested in hearing more about CHAMPS and how you can become involved in this leadership program for young students, contact us today! 
Are you interested in getting your school involved with CHAMPS or MLI's new Peace Makers and Problem Solvers Project, which targets older youth for leadership development? Contact us to find out more about our programs, live mine demonstrations by our hero Mine Detection Dogs, and how you can help landmine survivors around the world!
Yemen: Ramps for Schools and Survivor Khadijah
In 2017, more than 100 landmine survivors received medical assistance and vocational training through MLI's Survivors' Assistance and CHAMPS programs in Yemen. Men and women who lost limbs in landmine accidents and explosions took courses in sewing, handicrafts, and carpentry. The men who completed their carpentry courses put their skills to use by building wheelchair ramps for the Yemeni Association for Landmine Survivors (YALS), hospitals, and schools in Sana'a. Ramps were also installed in some of the survivors' homes, increasing their freedom and independence. 

The vocational training course in sewing is attended by dozens of women who have suffered from a landmine injury and were identified by YALS as in need of assistance. Khadija, a young 22-year old student, is one such survivor, who lost her left arm in an explosion two years ago on her way to school. Although the ongoing war in Yemen has closed down hundreds of schools and denied thousands of students their education, Khadija continued to attend school because she refused to let the war get in the way of her learning. After losing her arm, she questioned why she had to pay such a high price for her education. However, she was determined not to let her disability get in the way of her future. Through CHAMPS, she received medical assistance, was enrolled in a vocational training course in sewing, and has regained her independence. She is now completing her education and has high hopes for her future - to help others with disabilities. 
Testing ramps built for the YALS center
Khadijah learns how to sew
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