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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE MINE DOG MESSENGER

 

Happy Holidays from MLI!

Highlights from the 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala

Mine Detection Dogs start lifesaving work in Iraqi Kurdistan

Survivor Spotlight

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The Marshall Legacy Institute wishes you Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

 

We extend our greatest thanks to you - our supporters, friends, family, and partners - your enduring support has enabled MLI to continue helping men, women, and children in war-torn countries live better and safer lives in 2018. Many thousands of innocent people have benefited through our humanitarian programs throughout the past year; here are just a few of our accomplishments in 2018: 

 

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We accept donations online (click the link above or here); by phone (call our office at 703-243-9200); or by check (our address is 2425 Wilson Blvd., Suite 240, Arlington, VA 22201).

Thank you for your contribution!

Highlights: 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala

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Marschall family receives CHAMPS Family of the Year Award, presented by Mrs. Diana Enzi (far left) and Senator Enzi (far right), and Glenelg Country School's CHAMPS teacher Jennifer Cope (second from left) and Head of Lower and Middle Schools, Anne Wooleyhand (third from left)

MLI held its 21st Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala on October 24, 2018 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. During the celebratory evening, our Founder & Chairman, General Gordon R. Sullivan, joined congressional and international leaders in presenting awards to richly deserving Honorees, including: a life-saving Mine Detection Dog Team from Azerbaijan; an inspirational landmine survivor, Mirsad Mirojević, from Bosnia Herzegovina who has dedicated his life to helping others and co-founded the “Fantomi” Sitting Volleyball team for mine survivors; the Marschall family from Maryland, who has been selflessly dedicated to helping others around the world through MLI’s Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS); Stephen and Jaqui Edelmann, a devoted couple that has been a great supporter of MLI’s work and has sponsored 7 life-saving dogs; and Representative Brian Mast (18th district, R-FL), a Florida Congressman who lost multiple limbs while serving with the US military in Afghanistan.
 
Mark Swayne, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, delivered a compelling keynote address and Andrea McCarren of WUSA 9 News and her service dog in-training, Nigel, gave a masterful performance as Emcee.  
 
Thank you to all who participated in and supported our annual Gala!  We hope to see you for another memorable night in October 2019! 
 
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Andrea McCarren and her service dog-in-training, Nigel

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MLI CEO and President, Perry Baltimore (far left) with Azerbaijan MDD Team of the Year Vahid Mammadov and MDD Rocket (second from left) and MLI Founder and Chairman, General (Ret.) Gordon Sullivan (second from right) 

MDDs Start Lifesaving Work in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Shortly after Thanksgiving, MLI staff traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to visit the Ministry of Peshmerga's K9 Unit, participate in a graduation ceremony for Mine Detection Dogs receiving certification, and introduce an MLI donor to her sponsored MDD named Cybil. In the spring of 2016, the Ministry of Peshmerga requested MLI's assistance to help the Kurdish Army clear land of IEDs and booby traps left in the wake of ISIS. MLI has since provided 18 Mine and Explosive Detection Dogs, all sponsored by private Americans, as well as training to the K9 Unit and dog handlers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense's CJTF, to expedite Peshmerga clearance operations and ensure that internally displaced persons may return safely to their homes and cities. 

 

During the visit, six MDDs that were delivered to the Peshmerga in early fall  participated in a graduation ceremony with their handlers to mark the successful certification to international mine action standards of all of the dog teams. Two of the MDDs were sponsored through MLI's CHAMPS program: MDD Marschall and MDD Titan. MDD Marschall was sponsored by Glenelg Country School (Maryland) and was named in honor of the Marschall family, who have been incredible supporters of MLI and longtime participants of CHAMPS; and MDD Titan was sponsored by Coulson Tough Elementary School (Texas) and named in honor of the school's mascot. MLI's EDDs and MDDs have searched nearly 20,000 cars, 80 houses, and 50,000 square meters of land in Kurdistan since they began working in 2017. Their work saves lives every day, and MLI is incredibly proud of the Peshmerga's effective and skillful use of these hero canines. 

SURVIVOR SPOTLIGHT

Yemen: Mohamed and Remas

 

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has made it immensely challenging for humanitarian aid to reach thousands of innocent men, women, and children who are in desperate need of help. MLI is incredibly fortunate to have been able to maintain strong partnerships with local organizations on the ground who are able to identify some of the most vulnerable people in need. Yemeni women and children who live in rural areas are particularly at risk, as they rarely receive medical assistance if they step on a landmine, and there is little infrastructure in place to help them if they need continuing care. Through the financial support of donors like you and the U.S. Department of State, MLI is able to provide this crucially needed assistance to landmine survivors, improving their livelihoods, allowing children to go back to school, and providing hope for a fulfilling future. 

 

Our assistance to landmine survivors like Remas and Mohamed (pictured below) is needed now more than ever before. They both lost a leg after suffering from landmine accidents. Mohamed had dreams of becoming a doctor and Remas would love to run and play like she once used to. Through CHAMPS, both children will be receiving high-quality prosthetic legs and will be able to pursue their dreams once again. 

 

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                   Remas, 7-year-old survivor, is getting fitted for a prosthetic leg that will enable

to her walk and play again.

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Mohamed, 9-year-old survivor, will soon have a prosthetic limb, allowing him to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.

 
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