Millions of landmines are buried in the ground in over 60 countries worldwide – remnants of war that injure and kill thousands of people annually and prevent communities from returning to normal life. Farmers can't farm; refugees can't return home; children can't safely play. So the Marshall Legacy Institute provides local communities with resources and training to free themselves of these hidden killers and care for survivors. MLI donates highly trained dogs to the neediest communities and trains local dog handlers to safely and efficiently deploy landmine clearance operations. The Survivor’s Assistance program trains doctors, prosthetists, and therapists in mine-survivor rehabilitation, provides hundreds of prosthetic limbs to survivors each year, and works with local medical facilities to increase access to quality prostheses and therapy. Meanwhile, vocational training centers help survivors find suitable employment. MLI annually educates thousands of people about the dangers of landmines, and its CHAMPS youth sponsor mine detection dogs and raise funds to provide prosthetic limbs for survivors. In war-torn countries, your support removes fear, restores hope … and saves lives.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; Internationally; ; Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bosnia Herzegovina; Iraq; Lebanon; Sri Lanka; Yemen

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Sherwood High School (MD); Glenelg Country School (MD); North Mianus School (CT); New Lebanon School (CT); John Moffet School (PA); Anna Linglebach School (PA); Coulson Tough Elementary School (TX); St. Luke's School (CT); Middlesex Elementary School (CT); Glenville Elementary School (CT); International School at Dundee (CT); Brunswick Upper School (CT); Weston Intermediate School (CT); Greenwich Country Day School (CT); Brunswick Middle School (CT); Sacred Heart Middle School (CT) ; Stanwich Primary House (CT); Stanwich Intermediate House (CT); Central Jr. High School (CT); Sacred Heart Upper School (CT); Parkway School (CT); The Beacon School (CT); Cos Cob Elementary School (CT); Sun Valley High School (NC); Sun Valley Middle School (NC); Central Middle School (NC); Northeast Middle School (NC); Johnson Street Global (NC); Philo Magnet Academy (NC); Shepard IB Middle School (NC); Military & Global Leadership Academy (NC); Brewster Middle School (NC); Grandview Middle School (NC); Hickory Career & Arts Surrey Early College High School (NC); Waxhaw Elementary School (NC); Ravenscroft School (NC); Polk Central School (NC); Forest Hills High School (NC); St. Pauls Middle School (NC); Parkwood Middle School (NC)

  • Number of landmine survivors who receive medical assistance and vocational training each year:   At least 300
  • Number of U.S. schools currently involved in the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS):   40
  • Number of Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) donated to mine-affected countries around the world:   218
  • Amount of land searched by MLI's Mine Detection Dogs so far:   11,000 acres
  • Number of children in mine-affected countries who receive Mine Risk Education each year:   At least 8,000

Awards & Recognition

Gold Star Platinum Participant, 2016


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