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Improving livelihood, public health, access to medical care and education, and more ...
Through our Environment Program, we are working to ensure that people have access to affordable, high-quality food, clean water, and a safe, healthy environment to live and work.
Improving access to a safer and healthier environment—a land that is freed of explosive remnants of war and toxic herbicides—will allow us to accelerate toward a world free from war’s many legacies.
WHAT WE DO
How we get there:
We work with the Assistance for Nature Conservation and Community Development Center and Forester, Phung Tuu Boi, to enable villagers of Dong Son Hamlet, A Luoi District, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam, to restore biodiversity to this heavily sprayed region and improve livelihoods, with a goal to return the relationship between people and their land to a pre-war state.
We are helping families in small villages in the Dong Son Hamlet, Vietnam, and elsewhere in Vietnam and Laos, to wean themselves off of their dependence on chemical fertilizer for agriculture. We provide and build composting bins for all household and animal waste.
We worked with 95 families in Dong Son, in Vietnam, to plant rattan in their home gardens and forest plots. We supported training in planting, harvesting and regenerating rattan seedlings and in marketing their products, so that their agricultural yields can help them generate income.
Restoring Native Species
We worked with Phung Tuu Boi to reintroduce native species of trees and shrubs to the A Luoi Valley. Villagers received saplings, including species that grew in the Valley before the war, to help diversify tree variety in their forest plots. In the next phase of this project we hope to help establish a botanical garden to showcase the diverse species that were damaged or destroyed in the region by the herbicide spraying.
By the end of the U.S. Air Force defoliation program in 1971, nearly 20,000 sorties had been flown. Over 7,813 square miles of upland and mangrove forests and 781 square miles of crops (an area roughly the size of New Hampshire) were destroyed. In total, more than 66,000 square miles of South Vietnam, along with large areas of Laos and parts of Cambodia were impacted.
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