The American Task Force for Lebanon is pleased to continue working with the Marshall Legacy Institute on their honorable mission of promoting a safe Lebanon. ATFL Executive Director Leslie Touma recently met with MLI President and Executive Director Perry F. Baltimore III to discuss the ongoing partnership and support for the 2017 program.
The US Department of State has offered funding for the Trainer to bond & train Lebanese handlers with the dogs. Our urgent requirement is to now identify private sponsors to pay for these highly trained animals. Each Sponsor may name his/her dog, receive quarterly reports, participate in a donor recognition ceremony in Washington and/or Beirut, and visit the dog at work in the field.
In 2012, MLI worked with the American Task Force for Lebanon, the Lebanon Mine Action Center, and the Landmine Resource Center at the University of Balamand to launch a program that works to assist landmine survivors. As a result of funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and generous ATFL private donors, this incredibly successful program is providing needed medical care, prostheses, vision care, and vocational training courses to 90 landmine survivors from the Bekaa Valley, Mount Lebanon, and Southern Lebanon. Thirty of the survivors, ranging in age from 22 to 73 years old, were identified as needing prostheses and other medical care.
“The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), a not for profit that aims to alleviate suffering and promote stability in war-affected countries, is requesting sponsorships for three additional mining dogs to be sent to the Lebanese Army. The dog’s working life is about 7 to 8 years and its sponsorship is $25,000 per working life.
Since 2001, MLI has been a significant partner of the Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC) within the Lebanese Army. LMAC is responsible for executing the Lebanese National Mine Action Program. MLI helped establish the LMAC’s Mine Detection Dog capacity. These remarkable animals accelerate the pace of mine clearance operations by sniffing explosives. MLI has donated 32 life-saving dogs to Lebanon since 2001 that have searched 789,870 square meters of mine-affected land in Lebanon. In 2015, the latest six dogs arrived in Beirut to replace others that had recently been retired.
MLI has also linked schools in the United States with schools in mine-affected areas of Lebanon to foster global citizenship among students, increase mine awareness and generate funding to provide prosthetic limbs and other rehabilitative care to young landmine and cluster munitions survivors. 5 of the 32 donated dogs were sponsored by schoolchildren in the United States.
In January 2017, MLI will donate three Explosive Detection Dogs to the Lebanese Armed Forces, in response to a request for these assets. The program is currently seeking private donors to sponsor these wonderful dogs that are in training at the Mine Detection Dog Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sponsoring a dog is $25,000.
For more information, you can contact Mr. Perry Baltimore, the CEO of MLI, (703) 243-9200. Perry is ready to meet and brief any interested individual or organization in sponsoring a dog specifically for the Lebanese Army.” To read more about the program, click here.