*Includes landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Conflict is the primary cause of human suffering and poverty. It has the power to create global instability and reverse decades of development. As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, The HALO Trust persevered through many challenges last year thanks to our incredible community of supporters.
On June 8, 2021, we faced our darkest hour when 12 of our colleagues were murdered in Afghanistan. Months later, the country was thrown into a humanitarian and political crisis. HALO remained on the ground making the land safe for local people to return home and reclaim their lives.
Because of you, we are reaching communities affected by war and conflict across the world. But your impact is not just limited to making land safe. Did you know that in Zimbabwe where HALO has cleared land, 84% of communities found it easier to provide food for their families? Or that in Cambodia, the average size of bank loans has increased by 48% for families living on land HALO made safe?
In 2022 our work is needed more than ever, and your support means more than it ever has. Ukraine has seen the indiscriminate use of weapons of war with shells, rockets, cluster bombs, and missiles raining down on the country and its people. Millions have been forced from their homes and the conflict threatens to create a global food crisis. Our partners once again came forward with the support that allowed us to immediately respond.
Thanks to supporters like you, HALO has stayed the course, making people safe in 28 conflict-affected countries. We are empowering women, protecting the environment, and are nearing the finish line of #LandmineFree in Kosovo and Zimbabwe. This impact report is not just a summary of what HALO has accomplished but hope for what we have yet to achieve.