|At the reception for delegation for PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTVN), sponsors (Source: http://vufo.org.vn)|
PTVN’s efforts and support have contributed to healing the scars of war, restoring trust, and fostering friendship between the two countries’ people, she said, adding that their activities have helped to mitigate risks regarding bomb and mine accidents, created a safe land zone for local residents, and built multiple social welfare works.
Its economic and social welfare support programmes have benefited victims of bombs and mines, ethnic minority groups, and the poor, focusing especially women and children.
Nga expressed her belief that more international friends will be interested in assisting Vietnam in post-war recovery, towards soothing the pain suffered by many underprivileged Vietnamese families.
Stoke, for his part, said PTVN is the first US non-governmental organisation to be licensed by the Vietnamese government to search and defuse bombs, mines, and explosives, and also the only organisation in the field in Vietnam. It also held educational projects to raise public awareness of the effort, as well as people-to-people diplomatic programmes.
In 2005, PTVN set up a mobile explosive ordinance disposal team in Quang Tri, which has now increased to six units. As of October 2018, over 487 ha of land underwent bomb and mine clearance, while over 112,000 unexploded ordnances were found and destroyed.
It offered loans to 250 families of bomb and mine victims and disadvantaged women. Since 2005, it has provided more than 2,000 scholarships for students and whose relatives who suffered bomb and mine accidents.