The HALO Trust is a non-political, non-religious NGO, registered in Britain as a charity (no.1001813 and SC037870) and The HALO Trust (USA), Inc. is a non-profit corporation recognised as such under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. HALO specialises in the removal of the hazardous debris of war.

We have over 8,000 full-time staff in 16 countries and territories, with on-going surveys into new regions. By September 2013, twenty-five years after founding HALO, we have reached some important milestones that include:

  • Over 1.4 million landmines destroyed
  • Over 11 million items of larger calibre ordnance destroyed
  • Over 208,000 cluster munitions destroyed
  • Over 53 million bullets destroyed
  • Over 3,400 heavy weapon systems immobilized 
  • Over 165,000 assault rifles destroyed
  • Over 10,423 minefields cleared
  • 33,460 hectares (82,682 acres) made safe from landmines
  • 144,616 hectares (357,353 acres) made safe from unexploded and abandoned ordnance
  • 14,491 kilometers (9,004 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.

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.

Guy Willoughby