"I want to make my country safe for my people"
Aki Ra – Founder, The Cambodia Landmine Museum
The CLMMRF facility is more than a museum. It is home to an incredible family of people that provide education and support for dozens of at-risk children. Some of these children are landmine survivors while others have been rescued from extreme poverty off of Cambodia’s streets. Some of these children have been orphaned or abandoned. All of these children who make up this unique family have suffered overwhelming hardships. The Cambodia Landmine Museum was created so that it might serve as a place of healing for bodies, hearts and minds. We believe that care, support, and education will help secure a better opportunity for the children that live at the museum. The facility contains a school, an orphanage with living facilities for up to 30 at-risk children, and an office for the mission’s administration needs. It also provides employment opportunities for several teachers and local Khmers who play an important part in the Cambodia Landmine Museum family. Moreover, it is a place for action, serving as a launching pad for humanitarian and landmine relief outreach initiatives.
"The Cambodia Landmine Museum illustrates a valuable historic lesson. It is a grim reminder for us all regarding the terrible consequences of war."
Richard Fitoussi – Founder, The Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund
Becoming an NGO
To help Aki Ra navigate through these troubled waters Canadian photojournalist Richard Fitoussi partnered with Aki Ra in 2000 to create the Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund (CLMMRF) in Canada. The CLMMRF was designed to help maximize Aki Ra’s landmine relief initiatives at the museum, provide the museum with better transparency and accountability, and handle domestic and international diplomacy to garner support the work being done by Aki Ra and the museum. The CLMMRF is a registered NGO in Canada and Cambodia and is represented by the TIDES FOUNDATION in the USA for American donors.
In March 2001 the Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund in Canada was asked by Aki Ra to help create and manage an official NGO for the museum. The CLMMRF’s mission was to help maximize Aki Ra’s landmine relief initiatives at the museum while providing the project with fiscal transparency and accountability.
Between 2004 and 2007 the CLMMRF also worked diligently to provide Aki Ra with accredited international de-mining training and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) certification at the International School for Security and Explosives Education (ISSEE) in Salisbury, UK. These series of certifications have helped Aki Ra to create his own demining team. CAMBODIA SELF HELP DEMINING (CSHD) became a licensed NGO in Cambodia in 2008.
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