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Project Sekong 2012: It’s a slow journey to reach Sekong Province. We make some packing mistakes and have a mess to clean up.

January 25, 2012
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Project Sekong 2012: It’s a slow journey to reach Sekong Province.  We make some packing mistakes and have a mess to clean up.

Report 1 We spent our first day in camp inspecting all the equipment that we carried from Vientiane, looking for damage and cleaning everything that was soiled by road dirt and diesel smoke.  It was an all-day job, made necessary by conditions largely beyond our control but magnified by a few silly choices we...
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November 2011 Newsletter

November 16, 2011
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November 2011 Newsletter

Click on the image below to access our November newsletter.  Learn about the contributions of four brave women to our UXO clearance team.  Read about the on going struggle to get food giant Nestle to stop marketing coffee creamer in a way that causes it to be confused with infant formula.  And…find easy access to new videos...
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Nestle markets coffee creamer to illiterate mothers who mistake it for infant formula.

September 8, 2011
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Nestle markets coffee creamer to illiterate mothers who mistake it for infant formula.

In a recent blog I informed readers that Save The Children and a long list of other humanitarian non-profits have taken a public stand against the marketing practices of the Swiss food company Nestle.  They charge that Nestle is again marketing products that entice parents in developing countries to cease breastfeeding their children.  That...
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Nestle is in the news again and the news is not good!

September 8, 2011
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Nestle is in the news again and the news is not good!

For the sake of younger readers this senior citizen will provide a bit of historic background information.  About half a lifetime ago (well… half of my life, anyway) Nestle, the Swiss food manufacturer, was harshly taken to task for aggressively promoting it’s infant formula in third world countries. Mothers, in response to compelling advertisement...
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Road crew left villagers’ lives at risk. This video shows how WHWV came to their aid.

August 31, 2011
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Road crew left villagers’ lives at risk.  This video shows how WHWV came to their aid.

In earlier posts we described how a Lao construction company undertook the construction of a road without first clearing the roadway of old ordnance. Their actions put their workers at grave risk and ignored the safety of villagers who live near the construction zone. In the video embedded below we show how WHWV came...
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Why would a man once injured by a cluster bomb pick up another? One brick short of a load?

August 25, 2011
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Why would a man once injured by a cluster bomb pick up another?  One brick short of a load?

A fellow hand delivered a cluster bomblet to us! What in the world was he thinking? Many people in his village have had tragic, first-hand experiences with the device that they call “the bombie”. During our visit villagers described incidents in which at least six of their neighbors had been killed by similar bomblets....
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“Don’t bring that here!” This video shows our response the day a villager hand-delivered a bomblet

August 25, 2011
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“Don’t bring that here!”  This video shows our response the day a villager hand-delivered a bomblet

It wasn’t the first time someone has approached us with ordnance in hand, but it was the first time that my video camera was running and I captured the excitement on tape. We were in a village to discuss the safe removal of some ordnance and I was filming the team’s discussion of how...
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Vientiane restaurant wins competition for best recipe using insect protein as main ingredient.

August 24, 2011
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Vientiane restaurant wins competition for best recipe using insect protein as main ingredient.

During August 2010 the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations held a competition in which chefs at several of Vientiane’s most popular restaurants were challenged to create meals that employed insect protein as the main ingredient. The objective of the event was both to pay tribute to native Lao cuisine and...
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To improve nutrition Lao government promotes insect farming and consumption.

August 24, 2011
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To improve nutrition Lao government promotes insect farming and consumption.

Americans who’ve traveled in Laos will confirm that this is a nation of short people. My best posture, combined with an ambitious, vertebrae-cracking neck-stretch, still leaves me a hair under six feet tall. But, when I stand among residents of a typical Lao village I tower above everyone else- six inches taller than most...
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From the Wausau Daily Herald: “Bomb removal activist joins forces with seventh-grader”

June 18, 2011
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From the Wausau Daily Herald: “Bomb removal activist joins forces with seventh-grader”

KRONENWETTER — Jim Harris’ career has taken an unlikely trajectory and has now come full circle. Since retiring as principal of Weston Elementary School in 2003, Harris, 63, of Kronenwetter developed a nonprofit organization called We Help War Victims. He and a crew he hires spend three months of the year finding and disposing...
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