Coalition Against Landmines (CALM) 

Helping child survivors of war get rehabilitation & attend school

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Ethiopia - Project TG

CALM launched Project TG (Teklet-Genet) in Northern Ethiopia - Tigray region in June 2008. It was a joint project with Mekelle Ortho-Physiotherapy Center (MOPC), which is located in the city of Mekelle (regional capital city). MOPC produces affordable orthopedic appliances and provides Physical Therapy services to the public in the region. CALM signed an Operational Agreement with MOPC on June 3, 2008. The agreement made funding available to Teklet and Genet's rehabilitation, education and transport through CALM. MOPC provided new orthopedic appliances to Teklet and Genet twice a year and followed up on their education, care and other concerns and reported the findings to CALM.

The first two Project TG children, Teklet and Genet, were from Badime and Merina Kebeles of Tigray (close to the Eritrean border). Teklet, lost his right leg below knee, left arm below elbow and right eye in a landmine accident while herding livestock for the family. Genet, lost her left arm above elbow and some eye sight to a landmine accident when she was 10 . Read Project TG Report (2008-2013)

South Sudan - Child Survivors of War (CSW)

Dr. Dessu Sam (Executive Director of CALM), visited South Sudan in June 2012 and conducted needs assessment on war victims assistance. To help narrow the overwhelming need gap for child war survivors' assistance, with the help of local South Sudanese and expatriates in the capital Juba, Dr. Sam established a new nonprofit organization known as Child Survivors of War (CSW) in Juba, South Sudan. 

CSW was established with the aim of helping children maimed by landmines, explosive remnants of war, and aerial bombing with rehabilitation, education and documentation in South Sudan. CSW was a registered humanitarian NGO in South Sudan (Ministry of Justice Reg. No. 1,468), and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (serial number: 224). CALM handed over the full operation of CSW to local South Sudanese in 2013.