Cambodia Self-Help Demining was officially founded in 2007 by Aki Ra, a Khmer man and former child soldier.
CSHD works in “low priority” villages throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia with a group of approximately 25 deminers. These brave men and women put their lives on the line 25 days out of every month while demining.
Aki Ra, pictured left, began demining on his own in the 1990’s working with a stick and a pair of pliers to disarm each individual mine. He cleared nearly 50,000 all on his own.
Today, the CSHD team has cleared approximately 100 villages and 2,938,409.5 square meters of land!
What most of our visitors want to know is why does Aki Ra do this? Aren’t there other, larger demining groups?
Yes. There are approximately 7 main demining groups within Cambodia, we are one of them, but those other, larger groups cannot be everywhere. With our dedication to “low priority” villages, we are still able to accomplish hard work. We make life safer for thousands of people everyday. Unfortunately, demining work for all groups is costly. Each group requires specific training, gear, and equipment as well as requires an on-call ambulance. To keep these groups running we survive off of donations.
With your help CSHD is working to make Cambodia safer for its people. With your help, Aki Ra is working to make Cambodia safer for its future.
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CSHD’s operations manuals detailing our guidelines for financial, human resources, and logistics issues, as well as our Standard Operating Procedures, are available upon request.
EOD Team 1 is funded by Good Hands (in association with the Korean International Cooperation Agency) and Landmine Relief Fund. This team works with the demining team in clearing minefields.
EOD Team 2 was our first mobile team, meaning that they respond to calls around the country to remove UXOs and Landmines that are not in previously report minefields. Their operations are funded by World Without Mines.
EOD Team 3 is also a mobile team, and they are funded by World Without Mines.
EOD Team 4 has dual responsibilities, they have duties within the office, but are also capable of responding to any calls of UXOs or Landmines if needed as they are all certified to remove them!
EOD Team 5 is our newest mobile team, formed in July 2017 and currently funded by the Canadian Landmine Foundation.