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ITF e-TRUST,  Nr. 19, March 2008

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

ITF is on crossroads today. Ten years ago on 13 March 1998 ITF was established on the initiative of Slovenian Government. However, this act was not an individual attempt to solve the mine problem. Soon, it transformed into a combined action of a widespread donor community, who at the initial stage wanted to help Bosnia and Herzegovina and later on all mine affected countries in South East Europe in rehabilitation of their mine affected societies.

 

Retrospectively, considerable efforts in terms of finances as well as human and organizational resources have been committed to addressing this menace. At the end of the day, all who participated in this endeavour should be proud.

 

However, how do we measure our joint success? Is it by number of mine-free countries in South East Europe, number of square meters cleared and returned to local communities or the number of people that have been rehabilitated? Probably, we could never completely comprehend the impact of mine action on all social structures and everyday life. Our benchmark should be future generations - future generations who will never know the extent of this human tragedy…

 

For that I, on behalf of ITF team, would like to express our deepest gratitude. Thank you.

 

Goran Gačnik, Director of ITF

 

 

DONOR REPORT FOR 2008

 

In period from January 2008 to February 2008 ITF raised $429,746,77 US of donations for Mine Action programmes and projects. Donations were made by following donors: Adopt-a-Minefield, Marshall Legacy Institute, Miro Senica and lawyers, Municipality Vogošća, Night of a thousand Dinners®,  Positive Play and Roots of peace.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

 

18th SEEMACC Meeting, 18 March 2008, held in Bohinj, Slovenia

 

Humanitarian event "Night of A Thousand Dinners® 2008", 27 March 2008, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Mine Action Support Group Meeting, 4 April 2008, held in Paris, France

 

ITF Board of Advisors and Decennial Honorary Session, 11 April 2008, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Eleventh International Meeting of Mine Action Programme Directors and UN Advisers, 13 - 18 April 2008, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and in Šibenik, Croatia

 

 

CONTACTS

 

International Trust Fund for Demining
and Mine Victims Assistance
Zabrv 12
Si-1292 Ig

SLOVENIA

 

Tel: +386 1 479 6580
Fax: + 386 1 479 6590


E-mail:
ljubljana@itf-fund.si

Website: http://www.itf-fund.si/

 

 

NEWS

 

Legacy of Hope Golf Tournament

 

The Marshall Legacy Institute and International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance have organized "Legacy of Hope" Golf Tournament held at Ojai Valley Inn&Spa in Ojai, California. One day tournament included a clinic with Dr. Joe Parent, the opportunity to golf with several prominent members of the Senior PGA Tour, and a dinner complete with Hollywood celebrities and comments by His Excellency Antoine Chedid, Lebanese Ambassador to the United States. Funds raised during the tournament in total amount of more than $80.000 US will be used to acquire, train, certify and deliver up to 12 Mine Detection Dogs to Lebanese National Demining Program. For additional information visit Tournament website: www.mligolf.org.

 

Winter MVA Workshop in Kranjska Gora

 

The International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victim Assistance (ITF) in cooperation with the Croatian NGO »BEMBO« organized the second “winter workshop” for young mine victims from Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. The workshop took place in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia from 3 to 9 March 2008. Thirty-seven children and youngsters from Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo participated in the workshops, which included skiing, music, computer, art and photo lessons. Two special ski-instructors from Switzerland offered the very first ski-lessons to some of the young participants.


 

 

German donation to ITF for 2008 activities

 

Federal Republic of Germany has again supported the activities of the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victim Assistance (ITF) with its thirteenth donation to ITF. The donation agreement was signed at the Embassy of FR Germany in Ljubljana, by Ambassador Dr. Hans–Joachim Goetz and ITF Director Mr. Goran Gačnik. The donation in total amount of EUR 3.1 mio is earmarked for demining/technical survey activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Monitoring and QA refreshment training

 

From 25 February to 29 February 2008, the refreshment training for monitors and quality assurance officers from the region of SEE was organized in Karaotok near Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The training was attended by 36 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. The implementation of the training was supported by United States.

 

New SEEMACC regional project launched

 

Based on the initiative of ITF, HCR-CTDT and Croatian research community the project “Deployment of the Decision Support System for Mine Suspected Area Reduction” was launched. 

ITF meets US Senator Amy Klobuchar

 

During the annual visit of ITF in Washington D.C., where ITF presented its achievements and future plans to the US Congress, ITF representatives used the opportunity of their visit to the US Congress and met with US Senator Amy Klobuchar for the first time. During the meeting ITF representatives informed the Senator about the results acomplished by ITF in 2007 and ITF plans for 2008-2010. more...

 

 

 

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