The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. We save lives and restore communities threatened by landmines and other weapons of war, such as cluster bombs, stockpiles of small arms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Born out of a desire to help the people of Afghanistan in 1988, we now have over 6,000 staff in 19 countries and territories, working to get vulnerable communities back on their feet following conflict. Millions of families have been able to return to their homes safely thanks to this work, but there is still much to do.
There are many challenges associated with delivering humanitarian work but we are passionate in our commitment to create safe, secure communities but we do not shy away from working in countries where there are gaps in international support for clear humanitarian needs. As an advocate for the ‘forgotten’ in the world, we urgently wish to reach more countries where our skills and experience can accelerate recovery and provide the essential ground work to help address the root cause of the current refugee crisis.
Demining remains our core purpose but in order to deal with the broader debris of war, we are strengthening our work in weapons and ammunition management. We help governments to manage stockpiles of weapons and dispose of weapons and ammunition.
WHAT WE DO
We create safe and secure environments in war torn communities by clearing landmines, managing stockpiles of weapons and destroying unexploded ordnance.
War leaves countries for dead. It is painful enough for those who have lost everything, without finding that they cannot return home because the land is unsafe.
Humanitarian relief helps in the immediate aftermath, but once the story has left the headlines there is a gap in the recovery process where communities are being forgotten. Families cannot rebuild their lives until they can return home and farm their land. Development cannot begin until there is safety, security and confidence to support infrastructure, or to plan for essential buildings like homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.
In short, we help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities get back on their feet.