One organization is the Canadian Landmine Foundation, who has been working to remove landmines since 1999. It has been said that you can throw money at a problem but with landmines you can this organization as well as other will ask for donations. The adopt a landmine project partnered with the UN asks people to donate to clear landmines that are 10,000 to 60,000 sq meters and cost $40,000 to remove. But there are other ways to help out, The Canadian Landmines Foundation puts on the Night of 1000 dinners know as "Meals for a Mine-Free World" . This event was thought as a unique way to rise funds. People of any sorts can come and have a fancy dinner but instead of bring wine of flowers you bring a donation. This event has been a great fundraiser. New fact, dogs have become an increasingly important means of detecting and removing mines. They can smell them out and it takes a lot less time than a metal detector. They can train dog to find landmines but again it cost money. So this is a good project for schools or youth organizations to get involved in the clearing of landmines. So what can you do, maybe you not rich. That okay! Within this organization there are many other these you can do to help such as you can become active in one of the programs mentioned above, such as hosting or organizing your own “Meals for a Mine-Free World” event. Host a dinner and ask your guests to bring charitable donations to help clear landmine fields. If you are within the education system teacher can do lesson plans offered by the Canadian Landmine Foundation. For students there is an essay contest where you answer the question what is a peacekeeper, peacemaker. The contest is called Mark Isfield Essay Contest.
The International Campaign to ban Landmines is a campaign that has be around for twenty year. They have a great website : www.icbl.org. Which is where I got a lot of the information for some of my previous posts. In their website the outline the problem of landmines, the history, The treaty they want, information about them and what they want, and most importantly how you can get involved. First they have a list of ten thing you can do: (Taken straight from http://www.icbl.org/index.php/icbl/What-You-Can-Do/10-Things-You-Can-Do )
1. Learn about landminesVisit the ICBL site, read about the latest global developments in the annual report issued by Landmine Monitor, have a look at our list of links.
2. Join a local campaign or start oneContact one of the national campaigns to ban landmines. If there is no campaign in your country then consider starting your own! If you are from a non-governmental organization, read how to become a member.
3. Sign a petitionAdd your voice to the petition launched by Avaaz.org to call on the United States to ban landmines.
4. Send a lobbying letterWrite to one of the countries that have not joined the treaties. Urge them to get on board right away!
Write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of treaty members states and urge them to lobby the non-member states to join.
Read our writing tips and sample letters.
In December 2009 the Obama Administration announced it had initiated a comprehensive review of U.S. landmine policy to determine whether the U.S. will join the Mine Ban Treaty. Send a lobbying letter to call on the U.S. to join the treaty! Use the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines' online letter-writing tool or Human Rights Watch's online letter-writing tool.