|Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Clearance in Eastern Ukraine|
Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Clearance in Eastern Ukraine
FSD has been conducting Mine Risk Education (MRE) in the regions (Oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk since October 2015 with funding from the Government of Canada and UNICEF. Several projects have focused on conducting direct presentations to children in schools and summer camps across the region extending from Sievrodonetsk in the North to Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. Children are engaged using narrative, songs and pictures to enhance the core message that Mines, UXO and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) should never be approached and that any sightings of these objects should be immediately reported. At the time of writing (December 2016) FSD has reached over 100,000 beneficiaries in Eastern Ukraine.
The MRE effort extends to the whole community and teams have also conducted presentations to older audiences and adults in community centres, technical institutes and in the workplace. More visibly, using funding from the Government of Canada, signposts were installed in autumn 2016 at the major crossing points of Novotroitske, Mariinka, Zaitseve and Stanytsia-Luhanska. These areas are on the contact line between the Government controlled and Non-Government controlled areas and have a high threat in terms of Mines / UXO, so the posters are essential in informing people of potential risks.
Building on this base of increased awareness, FSD is deepening its impact in Eastern Ukraine by commencing Mine Clearance operations in early 2017, working to reduce the threat from Mines/UXO in and around communities near the contact line.
1. School session in Donetsk oblast
02. Summer camp session near Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast
3. School session in Luhansk Oblast
4. Signboard near Zaitseve checkpoint
5. Signboard near Mariinka Checkpoint