IN THIS ISSUE OF THE MINE DOG MESSENGER
 
 
 
20th Anniversary 
Clearing the Path Gala
Support for the Peshmerga: 6 Explosive Detection Dogs donated to the Peshmerga this month
 
 
 
 
NEW Iraq project launched with workshop for 80 female trainees in Basra
Demining project completed in Kreševo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Peace Makers & Problem Solvers 
 
 
 
 
20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala
 
 
 
 
20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala
 October 24, 2017
The Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC 

6pm Reception | 7pm Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Black Tie Optional

Join us as we CELEBRATE 20 years of commitment, dedication, and progress towards a mine-safe world! MLI's 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala will honor leaders whose extraordinary efforts have improved lives in war-torn countries and will highlight the many accomplishments achieved in the past year that have made the world a better and safer place.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright will deliver the keynote address, and Congressional leaders and former honorees will join in presenting richly deserved awards. Honorees include Admir Fazlić, an inspirational Bosnian landmine survivor who plays on the world champion Fantomi Sitting Volleyball Team and helps spread mine risk education through CHAMPS, and Sergeant Adam Kisielewski (USMC, Ret), who was severely injured by an IED in Iraq, and now actively supports Wounded Warriors through the "Homes For Our Troops" program. The Congressional Clearing the Path Award will be presented to Senator & Mrs. Mike Enzi and Senator & Mrs. Patrick Leahy - two of MLI's strongest supporters on Capitol Hill. We also will honor two life-saving dog teams, Lt/CPL Rajapakshe & MDD Yankee from Sri Lanka, and Karzan Khalid Grawy & EDD Scout from Iraqi Kurdistan. General Dynamics Corporation will receive our Corporate Social Responsibility Award for its generous support of MLI over the past twenty years! 
 
 
 
 
For more information on reserving your table and finding out about opportunities on becoming a Gala sponsor, please visit us on our website, contact info@marshall-legacy.org or call us at (703) 243-9200.
 
 
 
 
PROGRAM UPDATES
 
 
 
 
Support for the Peshmerga: Program Update
 
 
 
 
In September, MLI received a contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue its successful program to assist the Ministry of the Peshmerga to clear Iraqi Kurdish land and facilities of dangerous mines and explosives. Trained by MLI's long-time partner, the Global Training Academy, six Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs) will be delivered to the Peshmerga this fall, where they will bond with their new handlers and complete training. They will join the EDDs that MLI donated to the Peshmerga last fall (see photo to the right of EDD Scout, sponsored by General Dynamics). Once certified to international standards, they will start working to sniff out IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in areas that were previously held by ISIS. Over the next year, eight more EDDs and MDDs will be provided to the Peshmerga. The most recently sponsored dogs (see the photo below for one of the six - EDD Smoky) were generously sponsored by Hillwood - a Perot Company. MLI is extremely grateful for the assistance provided by caring, global citizens like Mr. Perot, who have enabled us to provide 234 canine heroes to a dozen mine-affected countries throughout the world.

We continue seeking sponsorship for the remaining eight dogs that will be provided to the Peshmerga throughout the coming year. Dog donors receive the opportunity to name their dogs, visit Iraqi Kurdistan and see their sponsored canine in action, and be honored at an MLI-hosted donor recognition ceremony. To help, you can make a one-time or recurring donation to MLI, join our Share-a-Dog program, or contact us for more information!     

This project supports efforts of the Peshmerga Forces to bring stability and peace to the people of Iraqi Kurdistan.  
 
 
Support the Peshmerga in Kurdistan
 
 
NEW Iraq Project: Program Update
 
 
 
 
80 female trainees start 8-month long mentorship and training program in southern Iraq
 
 
 
 
The NEW Iraq (Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Iraq) project kicked off with a 2-day Network and Mentoring Skills Building Workshop in the southern Iraq city of Basra at the end of September. MLI has partnered with the AMAR Foundation to implement the NEW Iraq project, which is bringing together 80 female heads of household who have been affected by the recent conflicts in Iraq and is pairing them with successful U.S. and Iraq-based, Arabic-speaking businesswomen for training and mentoring. The 80 trainees will learn skills that will enable them to find sustainable employment or build their own businesses by the end of the project. 

During the 2-day Network and Mentoring Skills Building Workshop, the trainees (see photo to the left) met their Iraq-based mentors and U.S.-based mentors (they met the latter via Skype conference calls) and were paired into groups, which they will remain in throughout the duration of the 8-month project. The women listened to various panels on employment and small business development, received tablets which they will use to communicate with each other during the project, and relaxed and had some laughs during mentor-led icebreaker sessions. By the end of the workshop, the trainees learned about the importance of networking, made new friendships, and were inspired by the stories of other trainees and mentors. The beneficiaries of this project - the 80 trainees - have all lost either their husbands, fathers, or brothers in the war, and are bearing an increased financial responsibility in order to care for their families. By participating in the NEW Iraq project, which is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the women will learn skills that will help them build a better future for themselves and their families. We look forward to sharing news and updates with you about this important project! 
 
 
Iraq-based mentors during the workshop in Basra
 
 
Completion of Demining Project in Bosnia
 
 
 
 
Mine-safe after 25 years!
 
 
 
 
In September, the municipality of Kreševo, located in central Bosnia, west of the capital Sarajevo, was declared free from the impact of landmines after the final demining project was completed. This final demining project included close cooperation between MLI, the local Kreševo government, the Mine Detection Dog Center (MDDC), and the Bosnia-Herzegovina Mine Action Center (BHMAC). Communities in Kreševo have been unable to safely use this land for more than two decades, after it was mined during the Balkan conflicts. This successful project was funded by the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and private donors; a ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted last month by municipality mayor Renato Pejak, who thanked MLI (see photo above) and the U.S. Government for their generous support in removing the mine threat in municipality of Kreševo for the benefit of our people and the future generations.   
 
 
 
 
Peace Makers and Problem Solvers
 
 
 
 
Last month, MLI visited Poolesville High School in Maryland, where students met retired Mine Detection Dog Dino and learned about MLI's new Peace Makers & Problem Solvers program (PMPS). PMPS is an extension of MLI's very successful Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) and will be launched in January of 2018.

The Peace Makers & Problem Solvers program focuses on leadership development and building problem solving skills, targeting youth between the ages of 14-19. It connects students in North America with students in conflict-impacted countries, bringing them together to identify solutions to humanitarian issues. The young leaders will learn to identify a problem that they can address together, explore the possible options/solutions, debate those options from different perspectives, and determine how to effectively utilize their resources so they can accomplish their goal.


 
 
MLI's President and Executive Director, Perry Baltimore, introduces Dino to Poolesville HS students
 
 
Participating students will improve their skills in: Communication, Collaboration, 
Problem Solving, Leadership, & Service.

We are very excited to launch this program with a group of dedicated and enthusiastic young leaders and are seeking other interested schools or individual students who would like to participate. To learn more, please contact us today!
 
 
 
 
Are you interested in getting your school involved with CHAMPS or MLI's new CHAMPS-Peace Makers and Problem Solvers Program, which targets older students 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!
 
 
 
 

        
 
 
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