IN THIS ISSUE OF THE MINE DOG MESSENGER
 
 
 
NEW Iraq project: Call for mentors
K9 9K will be held on April 29th at Glenelg Country School
Meet Mine Detection Dog Dino at USIP's Demining War Zones event on April 25th 
CHAMPS Bosnia celebrates Mine Awareness Day
 
 
 
 
CHAMPS Connecticut launches 12th annual campaign
Dog updates: Kurdistan & new MDDs for Lebanon, Sri Lanka & Bosnia 
Divots "Fore" Hope Golf Tournament
Save the Date for 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Iraq Project
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7th Annual K9-9K will take place at Glenelg on April 29th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are very pleased to announce that MLI, in partnership with the AMAR Foundation, has received a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to conduct the Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Iraq (NEW Iraq) project in southern Iraq to empower female heads of household through a year-long mentoring program.

As violent conflict persists in Iraq, women are facing increased financial responsibility due to the death or severe injury of the male provider in their households. The NEW Iraq project is designed to address this vulnerability by providing the women with skills that will assist them in their ability to earn a living, and support themselves and their families. Specifically, it will target women from Basra and Dhi Qar and provide them with professional training and mentoring, led by Iraqi businesswomen located locally and in the U.S., as well as an online portal for networking and ongoing learning.

We are looking for Arabic-speaking, Iraqi businesswomen & entrepreneurs in the United States to participate in this program as mentors for the women in Iraq. The mentors will have the opportunity to empower and provide valuable knowledge to Iraqi women, enabling them to financially support their families. 

Contact us at (703) 243-9200 or info@marshall-legacy.org to learn more about the program and the mentorship opportunities. You can also find more information on our website.
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, April 29, Glenelg Country School is holding the 7th annual K9-9K Walkathon/Run Family Fun Day to benefit The Marshall Legacy Institute. This event will promote the incredible work being done by mine detection dogs (MDDs) around the world. 
Bring your canine companion and join us for a fun-filled morning that will kick off with a walk/run around the beautiful campus at Glenelg Country School, located at 12793 Folly Quarter Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

The K9-9K will start at 9:30am and will include:
  • Optional 9K run/walk
  • BBQ lunch, snow cones & bake sale
  • Raffle prizes
  • Moonbouce, facepainting, crafts, games, and much more!

 
 
Register for the K9 9K
 
 
Meet Mine Detection Dog Dino at USIP's Demining War Zones event on April 25
 
 
 
 
On April 25th, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), in collaboration with Halo Trust, will be hosting the "Demining War Zones: Building Space for Peace" event, for a discussion on demining efforts around the world and their impact on building peace in war-torn countries. The event will include a series of discussion panels with distinguished speakers, as well as an exhibition to showcase the latest efforts of humanitarian demining partners.  

Make sure to check out MLI's booth at the exhibition and say hello to our retired mine detection dog Dino (see photo to the left), who was adopted from Afghanistan by our CEO and President, Perry Baltimore. We look forward to seeing you there!

Time and date of event: 1:00pm-5:30pm, April 25th
Place: USIP, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20037 
 
 
Register for Demining War Zones
 
 
CHAMPS Bosnia
 
 
 
 
CHAMPS Bosnia celebrates Mine Awareness Day, marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's landmark campaign against landmines
 
 
 
 
Each year, the world celebrates April 4th as International Mine Awareness Day and this year - 2017 - not only marks MLI's 20th anniversary, but it it also highlights the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty and Princess Diana's campaign against landmines. The humanitarian work of Princess Diana in 1997 increased awareness of the global landmine epidemic & brought the issue to the forefront of international aid organizations. 

Our CHAMPS students in Bosnia celebrated International Mine Awareness Day by visiting the renowned Bosnian sitting volleyball team, the Fantomi (named for the phantom limb sensation that many mine survivors and other amputees experience), playing games with the team members, who are landmine survivors. The Fantomi, who are international champions in their sport, are traveling throughout Bosnia with our CHAMPS students and leaders from the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDDC) to put on exhibition games at schools and to share mine risk education and its importance to the young audiences. Read more here.
 
 
Pazaric School CHAMPS students with Fantomi
Fantomi plays with kids in the town of Zavidovici
 
 
Are you interested in getting your school involved with CHAMPS or MLI's new CHAMPS-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!
 
 
 
 
CHAMPS CT launches 12th annual campaign
 
 
 
 
MLI's President and CEO, Perry Baltimore, and the Vice President of Children's Programs, Kimberly McCasland, traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut, in early April to launch CHAMPS Connecticut's 12th annual campaign. The Team travels each spring and fall to beautiful Connecticut to engage students, teachers, and community members, and to share information about the ongoing landmine crisis around the world. CHAMPS CT Chair, Ms. Betsy Parkinson works tirelessly to bring CHAMPS back to Connecticut each year – an endeavor that has sponsored 11 lifesaving Mine Detection Dogs and helped dozens of landmine survivors in Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iraq, and Yemen.
 
 
MDD Nutmeg with the Parkinson family, who helped to sponsor her in 2008
 
 
 
 
 
Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program
 
 
 
 
Explosives Detection Dogs sniff for IEDs in Iraqi Kurdistan
 
 
 
 
Nine new EDDs & MDDs to be donated to Bosnia, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka
 
 
 
 
In early winter of 2016, four new explosives detection dogs (EDDs) started working with the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan to sniff out dangerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hidden in the ground, buildings, and vehicles by the terrorist group ISIS. The EDDs, named Josh, Cibyl, Troja, and Scout, were donated to the Peshmerga last fall by generous private Americans (Stephen and Jaqui Edelmann, Ms. Chandi Heffner, the Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation, & General Dynamics, respectively) and quickly completed their training with the assistance of MLI's MDD expert. The bond between the dogs and their handlers is remarkable – the dogs are eager to work and love to play with their favorite toys, which they receive from their handler as a reward after locating an explosive. One of the handler's sons loves to visit the training field and spend time playing with the dogs (see photo below). The Peshmerga actively use social media to display their dogs’ incredible skills – you can find their photos and videos on our Facebook page too!    

Out of the 18 dogs requested by the Peshmerga, MLI has already provided four and an additional six have just completed training and are awaiting to be transported to Iraq. MLI plans to provide the remaining dogs throughout 2017, as funding becomes available. We are currently seeking sponsors for these lifesaving canines - Please consider making a donation today to help us support this vital program in Kurdistan, which will help the Kurdish people walk their land without fear of mines and explosives. 

 
 
 
 
This spring, MLI provided four mine detection dogs (MDDs) to Sri Lanka, three explosives detection dogs (EDDs) to Lebanon, and two other MDDs are in training and will be donated to two Bosnian demining organizations: the Office of Civil Protection – Republic of Srpska and Pro Vita. While two of the MDDs for Sri Lanka have been generously sponsored by Orbital ATK (who named their dog MDD Bullet) and the U.S. Department of State (named MDD Murph), two more are looking for sponsors who will help them sniff out mines and dangerous explosives with the Sri Lankan Army's Humanitarian Demining Unit. The EDDs in Lebanon are trained and ready to commence work searching for dangerous explosives in northern Lebanon. 

Nearly all of the 222 dogs that MLI has donated to mine-affected countries have been sponsored by generous, private Americans. When you sponsor a dog (as an individual, foundation,  organization, or school), you may name your dog and then receive quarterly updates on your lifesaving canine throughout his/her working life, including photos and data on how much land he or she has searched.  You will also have the opportunity to visit your sponsored MDD or EDD with the MLI team during a donor trip! For more information on sponsorship opportunities and ideas on how you can start your next fundraiser, email us at info@marshall-legacy.org.

See photos below of some of the MDDs waiting for sponsorship:
 
 
Support Mine Detection Dog Programs
 
 
Divots "Fore" Hope 
 
 
 
 
You are invited to the golf tournament Divots "Fore" Hope, presented by MLI and MAG America, scheduled to take place August 28, 2017, at the 1757 Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. The cost per participant is $150, which includes breakfast and a catered lunch. All of the proceeds will go towards MLI's and MAG's programs that help mine-affected countries rid their land of mines, UXOs, and other dangerous explosives.

There will be team (cash) prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and for the longest drive (men and women) and closest to pin (men and women). Please contact the tournament coordinator, Pat Patierno, at dpatierno@cox.net or (571) 238-1483, for more information. Registration opens June 1st.
 
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
 
 
 
 
The Marshall Legacy Institute will host its 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala on Tuesday, October 24th at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. We will feature previous honorees and look back at two decades of achievements in giving people back their freedom to walk without fear of mines!

Stay tuned for more information about the Gala on our website (www.marshall-legacy.org/events) and how you can become part of this memorable event.
If you would like to learn about sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact us at info@marshall-legacy.org or call our office at (703) 243 9200.
 
 
 
 

        
 
 
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