Ceremony Marks Schonstedt Donation to Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

First Secretary Bounnhang Keosavang, Embassy of Laos, Washington, DC accepts a donation of 15 GA-72Cd magnetic locators from Michael B. Head, President, Schonstedt Instrument Company. The instruments will be used to find and clear cluster munitions in one of the world's most contaminated countries.


Private Sector Donations Support Humanitarian Demining Efforts

Schonstedt Instrument Company recently teamed with the U.S. Department of State to provide demining tools to underserved areas of the world. The donated equipment is made possible by, and in the name of, Schonstedt customers, nonprofit organizations and individual donors. United Nations humanitarian demining teams are currently using the donated equipment in Laos, Somalia, Kenya and Tajikistan. There, on a daily basis, they find and clear explosive remnants of war such as cluster bombs, grenades, mortars, shells and landmines.

Schonstedt Responds to Urgent UXO Request from Tajikistan

The Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative, a program launched earlier in the year, has responded to an urgent request from the United Nations to provide five magnetic locators for removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Tajikistan.


Pictorial Report on Some Humanitarian Mine Action Projects in Vietnam

Since 1993, the interagency U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program has provided well over $40 million to Vietnam to help clear explosive remnants of war (ERW) and landmines left from over 30 years of conflict, educate Vietnamese who live in impacted area about the risks of UXO and landmines, assist survivors of landmine and ERW accidents, and provided equipment to strengthen the national capacity of the Technology Center for Bomb and Mine Disposal (BOMICEN) of the People's Army of Vietnam Engineering Command.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense's Humanitarian Demining Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development's Leahy War Victims Fund, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have all contributed in this regard. Their efforts have saved lives, helped to speed Vietnam's post-conflict recovery, and contributed to the growing friendly relations between the United States and Vietnam.


Schonstedt Instrument Company Announces Program to Provide Free Equipment

Schonstedt Instrument Company of Kearneysville, West Virginia, in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Team, has launched the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative, which will place hundreds of sophisticated magnetic locators in the hands of humanitarian mine clearance personnel in war-ravaged countries around the globe.

Under the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative, each purchase of a new Schonstedt TraceMaster or XTpc underground pipe and cable locator will trigger a donation, in the customer's name, of a magnetic locator for explosive ordnance detection. The UN Mine Action Service will then coordinate the distribution of the locators to where they are most needed, thereby extending its humanitarian demining work throughout the world.


Vietnam Receives UXO and Landmine Detection Equipment

Ha Noi, Vietnam  The U.S. Government donated approximately $1M worth of detection equipment to the Vietnam Center for Bomb and Mine Disposal (BOMICEN). The recent equipment donation by the U.S. is one of several donations made by the U.S. and other countries in recent years towards the effort to remove UXO and landmines from various provinces throughout Vietnam. Since joining the U.S. Government's Humanitarian Mine Action Program in 2000, Vietnam has received over $37 million in aid. Most of the funds help support the work of various non-governmental organizations for landmine and UXO surveys and clearance, risk education, and assisting survivors of landmine and UXO accidents. Millions of landmines and UXO are estimated to be scattered throughout the country from previous wars and conflicts.

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