Children at Pon Toum School in Laos, 2009
MAG cleared 5,200 square metres of land in the village, removing ten BLU-26 cluster bomblets from the school’s playground.
After the land was made safe, one of MAG’s partner organisations, IRD, was able to drill water wells, build toilets and provide supplies for the school. Enrolment at the school increased by around 30 per cent.
More than two million tonnes of ordnance was dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War, almost a third of which did not explode on impact.
This unexploded ordnance still affects a quarter of the country’s villages.