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HALO Trust

The United Church Special Project 2012                            



Total raised in 2012       £2,144.93

HALO is the world's oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation. For more than two decades, we have set the standard for the sector through technical innovation and robust management. 


   We have over 8,000 full-time staff in 13 countries, with on-going surveys into new regions.

The HALO Trust is a non-political, non-religious NGO, registered in Britain as a charity. HALO specialises in the removal of the hazardous debris of war.

 How much more work is there to do? In areas such as northern Mozambique and Abkhazia we have finished – with every single village declaring that they are free from landmines. In other countries we still have five more years of work, and in countries such as Afghanistan our work plan extends to 2020.

However, HALO is not distracted by involvement in campaigns and conferences, and we have a simple mission statement - “getting mines out of the ground, now”. With more deminers and more equipment, we shall shorten the timeframe that villagers are impacted by landmines.

HALO’s operations are grouped under Central Asia, South East Asia, Horn of Africa, Southern Africa and the Caucasus & Balkans – managed from a small office in South West Scotland. Our innovative training of local management and introduction of new equipment allows us to continue expansion as funding becomes available.


By March 2012, twenty-four years after founding HALO, we have reached some important milestones that include:

  • over 1.4 million landmines destroyed
  • over eleven million items of larger calibre ordnance destroyed
  • over fifty two million bullets destroyed
  • over 3,200 heavy weapon systems immobilized
  • over 142,000 assault rifles destroyed
  • over 8,300 minefields cleared
  • 30,657 hectares (75,755 acres) made safe from landmines
  • 139,773 hectares (345,387 acres) made safe from unexploded and abandoned ordnance
  • 12,501 kilometers (7,768 miles) of roads cleared

These statistics, which may appear bland, are a testament to the dedication of our staff conducting one of the most inherently dangerous jobs on earth, and the generosity of our donors who understand that our work directly saves lives, and allows a return to normal rural livelihoods in some of the poorest countries in the world.

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