Last week the Humpty Dumpty Institute facilitated the launch of a project in the Quang Tri province of Vietnam in which Japan will provide $122,936 to support bomb and landmine victims in the area.
The project was signed by Charge D’affaires of the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, Hideo Suzuki, and Vietnam director of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, Jeanne Samuel, at the Embassy of Japan in Hanoi. The money provided by the Japanese government will be used for funding mushroom-growing programs for the people of the Quang Tri Province. Mushroom growing is a way for local farmers, single women and ethnic minorities who have been injured by bombs and landmines to earn a livable income.
HDI began the “Mushrooms with a Mission” in 2010 in cooperation with Vietnam’s RENEW Project. Today, 100 families in 15 communes in the Trieu Phong and Cam Lo districts participate in the program. Quang Tri remains one of the areas with the highest concentration of UXOs and landmines in Vietnam. Reports show that more than 100,000 people have become victims of unmarked bombs and mines.
Connie Milstein is just one of many influential philanthropists around the world that make the Humpty Dumpty Institute possible. She is one of the program’s co-founders and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus.