We started our international project in 2022 with Interact members from Ukraine. Throughout 2023 and perhaps beyond, we will be working on awareness and support for de-mining related to the war in Ukraine.
140,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian soil and a significant part of the Ukranian shoreline are scattered with land- and sea mines and thousands of unexploded ordnance and booby traps.
All these explosive devices pose an enormous threat for the local civilian population living in or returning to liberated communities.
In addition, large surfaces of agricultural land contain mines and debris from shelling or missile attacks and need at least a full screening before they can be cultivated again.
Making Ukrainian society and the economy safe again will take many years.
Until that has been achieved, awareness and protective measures are required to prevent unnecessary casualites in the general population and in young people specifically.
We have started a project with Rotary and Rotaract from Gent and with Rotary, Rotaract and Interact from the city / region of Cherkasy.
In our project we will develop education materials on the dangers of landmines and other events of war and develop life saving responses for young children.
This project will be a pilot project specifically for children age 6-12yr in Cherkasy Schools and is in collaboration and on demand of the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service in the Cherkasy Region.