TED Challenge: Defuse, Heal & Grow. Partnership project with PeaceTrees Vietnam

To fund a demining team clearing land for a new village on land currently contaminated with unexploded bombs.
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Edmond Sanctis
Health
Seattle, Washington
United States
3 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Peacetrees Vietnam, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

Imagine how you would feel if you could not trust the land you walked on.

If you lived in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, where a staggering 83% of the land is still riddled with unexploded weapons and landmines leftover from the war, trusting each step you take would not be a given.

If you were a farmer, you might fear stepping into your field to plow the soil and plant the food needed to feed your family. If you were a mother, you might fear sending your child out to play in your own backyard. You would live with the burden of fear, instead of trust.

With the TED Challenge:Defuse, Heal & Grow. campaign, we have a chance to truly transform the lives of people living in one contaminated area by clearing land of dangerous unexploded weapons. Specifically, we can help 173 families from several villages by clearing land that they can later cultivate and live on. The safely cleared land will eventually be used for gardens to feed families, for growing cash crops to be taken to the market for extra income, and for homes and other public structures. 

But first, we must clear the land.

If we can raise $75,000 (and with a U.S. Department of State matching grant), we will be able to clear 222 acres. That means that it only takes $675 of donations to clear one acre of land!

We ask that you consider supporting this life-saving project and ensuring that each person living in this area can walk the earth in safety.

This initiative will serve as a pilot project for TED Challenge:Defuse, Heal & Grow.  We are bringing the resources of the TED community to the horrible problem of landmines and unexploded remnants of war.  TED Challenge: Defuse, Heal & Grow has partnered with PeaceTrees Vietnam on this project. 

PeaceTrees Vietnam is a Seattle-based, humanitarian demining organization that has been clearing land in Quang Tri Province for the past 18 years. They are internationally respected organization that is recognized as a model in healing the land and improving the lives, livelihoods, and the environment of the people in Central Vietnam -- inspiring trust and confidence through a daily commitment to the task at hand.

Because of PeaceTrees Vietnam's past success, the U.S. Department of State is going to match each dollar toward this campaign to help every donation go further!

This is a wonderful opportunity to increase your impact in helping people in Quang Tri Province. Imagine all the farmers, women, children, villagers, and entire families who will be safer and healthier because of your support!

Thank you.

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This campaign ended on May 6, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $15USD
    A garden plot in your name

    $15 clears 300 sq feet of land for a garden that can safely and nutritiously feed a family living in Quang Tri.

    0 out of 180 claimed
  • $35USD
    Tree planted in your name

    PeaceTrees Vietnam will plant a tree on reclaimed land with your name, or the name of someone you love, written on leaf paper.

    2 claimed
  • $50USD
    Gift from child

    You will receive a hand-made piece of art by a child learning the dangers of unexploded weapons.

    0 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    Hand-embroidered art.

    Hand embroidery is a 700-year-old tradition, and women embroider pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths, and beautiful wall-art with delicate and intricate patters and scenes from daily life in Vietnam.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Unique jade bracelet

    Traditional bracelet made from the precious stone jade. Each bracelet is unique and made from real jade

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Artisan crafts

    Authentic, hand-made craft by an Pa-Ko or Van Kieu ethnic artisan. Each gift is unique and can range from a tapestry, to a purse/bag, to a figurine. This perk also includes the jade bracelet and the hand-made gift from a child.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Two-week trip to Vietnam.

    This is the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the country and experience the mystery and wonder of ancient cities, bustling open-air markets, beautiful bays and beaches, small villages and rice paddies, and the chance to visit the programs of PeaceTrees Vietnam. You will have an experienced and bilingual PeaceTrees staff guide throughout the trip, as well as an opportunity to interact with the local population and plant trees together.

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