Cambodia Self-Help Demining was officially founded in 2007 by Aki Ra, a Khmer man and former child soldier.
CSHD works in rural 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 175 villages and 5,508,000 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 smaller minefields in rural areas, 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
Demining Team EOD
Demining Team EOD 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 4 is also a mobile team, and they are funded by World Without Mines.
EOD Team 6 travels around Cambodia conducting Explosive Ordinance Risk Education (EORE) classes.
Team 3 – in memory
EOD Team 3 was a mobile team funded by World Without Mines. On Monday, January 10th, 2022, during a call-out in the Preah Vihear Province, an explosion killed three out of four of the members of EOD T3. The memory of Ma Simet, Mong Jok, and Son Vong is preserved in their wives and young children. En Poy, who narrowly survived a similar type of accident as a child, is the sole survivor but sustained injuries that placed him in the hospital. This was the first accident to claim the lives of our deminers. We have taken the necessary steps to prevent future accidents. Deminers work tirelessly to make Cambodia safe from landmines and unexploded ordinances that were scattered throughout the countryside decades ago. Once the land is clear, schools are constructed so a new generation can thrive. Please help support our work and the families of the men we lost by donating to our GoFundMe. A little goes a long way. None of this is done alone.