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We are grateful for
your support!

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at
the U.S. Department of State

Embassy of the State of Kuwait
in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Another year is coming to end and as part of the holiday spirit we are happy to
share the results of our work on the „Mine Awareness Night to Make A
Difference – MANMADE“ project with you.
Eleven months that are behind us will be remembered by precious moments,
time spent with the people we love and personal successes, but especially by
good deeds accomplished through the Mine Awareness Night to Make A
Difference project, with the help of the generous individuals and
First fund raising dinner „Mine Awareness Night to Make A Difference –
MANMADE“ was held on the International Mine Awareness Day, April 04th,
2012 in Sarajevo and it was hosted by the Mine Detection Dog Center in BH and
Marshall Legacy Institute from USA.
More than 250 guests, donors and partners gathered for this event to give their
contribution to the fight against deadly scourge of unremoved mines in Bosnia
and Herzegovina.

IEDC Bled School of Management
Brother and Sister Food Inc.
E.J.A. Trucking

The funds raised at the MANMADE fund-raising dinner of total of 110.000 KM
have been spent to support three mine action projects in Bosnia and
Herzegovina: Demining, Mine Risk Education and Mine Victims Assistance.

Trade Union of Electricity Workers in BH
M: Tel
Coca-Cola HBC BH
Federal Ministry of Displaced Persons
and Refugees

Embassy of Republic of Turkey
in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ministry of Economy of Canton Sarajevo
HT Eronet
CISCO Systems
Government of HNK

Fidelity Orthopedics
Sector Security

Nova Banka
NLB Razvojna Banka
Moja Apoteka
Bosna Sunce osiguranje
International Medical Centers
UXB Balkans
HO Pro Vita Mostar

The funds reserved for the Demining Project were generously matched by
the US Department of State – Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, through
ITF Enhancing Human Security and they were spent to demine two locations
in Olovo municipality: Olovske Luke – Cumici 1 and Olovske Luke – Njivice
Upon completion of the demining procedure, the project was awarded to the
company „Detektor“ from Banja Luka. The demining activities in those tasks
started in August 2012, while the handover ceremony of the demined locations
in Olovo municipality was held on September 25th, 2012.
Ten antipersonnel mines and 13 UXOs have been found in the demined locations
and destroyed.
The significance and full justification of the demining activities in this
community, where fifty families were directly impacted by unremoved mines
and UXOs, is proven by the fact that local population, who is in great measure
economically dependent on using the arable land, started cultivating the
demined land immediately after the completion of the demining activities.

Mine Risk Education
The second project funded with the funds raised at the first fund-raising dinner
MANMADE was the Mine Risk Education project. The project involved 700 children
living in the most contaminated communities in the municipalities of Olovo and
Konjic, which contributed to raising the mine risk awareness and importance of
respecting the mine signs.
Considering the mine situation in Olovo municipality and the fact that only six months
ago, a tragic mine accident, with one person killed happened in that area, first part of
the Mine Risk Education project MANMADE was implemented in the most
contaminated community in that area, the community of Olovske Luke. Beside the
school in Olovske Luke, with about 90 children, 6 to 10 years old, passing by the
marked mine fields everyday on their way to school, the project also covered the
central elementary school in Olovo.
Second part of the project was implemented in Konjic municipality. The Mine Risk
Education project in Konjic municipality involved 500 children, 6 to 14 years old. Some
of the schools in Konjic municipality are located in the communities of high risk, due to
the unremoved mines and UXOs. According to the information received from the
Mine Action Center in BH (BHMAC) there are 60 impacted communities in Konjic
municipality, out of which one is of high risk, 17 of medium risk and 42 communities of
low risk.
Eight people were killed by the unremoved mines and UXOs in Bosnia and
Herzegovina in 2012, out which 1 child, which proves the necessity for continuous
education about this risk.
Mine Victims Assistance

ITF published the invitation to stipend the education of mine victims and members of
the mine victims' families from various cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the
available funds that were raised at the MANMADE Dinner.
After the evaluation of the received requests, ITF selected 10 applications that were
entered into the next round of selection. The criteria for the selection were the
financial situation of the applicant, personal story justifying the need for sponsorship
and the goal that will be accomplished by sponsoring.
Sponsoring the school tuition through this project will encourage the mine victims to
accomplish the adequate level of education, which will open employment
opportunities for them and enable them to integrate into the society.

Thank you for being with us in the implementation of this significant
project. With our joint efforts and through three distinct activities of
mine action, we managed to remind all of us on necessity of removing
the mines and unexploded ordnance in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
And as Ivo Andric, Nobel Prize winner for literature from Bosnia and
Herzegovina said. „It is strange how little it takes to be happy and even
stranger how often we lack that little”.
Mine Detection Dog Center
in Bosnia and Herzegovina

We would like to use this
opportunity to wish you and your
families happy and prosperous
New Year!


The Mine Victims Assistance project was as well implemented within the MANMADE
activities, through ITF Enhancing Human Security.

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