Since Spirit of Soccer started working in Cambodia, deaths caused by ERW and landmines have decreased in key areas by 37%
– It is estimated that there are more than six million landmines littering Cambodia’s border with Thailand
– In 2005, Spirit of Soccer began operations in Battambang province, northern Cambodia, where an estimated 450 children are being killed every year by landmines and ERW
– Spirit of Soccer operates in the most mine-polluted parts of the country, including the infamous K5 minebelt where there is an estimated three million landmines
– Since the organization began operating, child casualties in these regions have decreased by 50% according to the Cambodian Mine Victim Information Service
– So far, over 46,000 children from over 238 schools located in heavily-mined communities have received Mine Risk Education from Spirit of Soccer’s team of dedicated and courageous coaches.
– In 2010 we implemented a Sports Diplomacy / Law Enforcement program in Cambodia, training local police in soccer coaching, Mine Risk Education and Drug Risk Education
– This program has been expanded into three provinces and we currently employ 18 local police officers to work on the program which has reached 12,000 children to date.