Step up for Laos is a 501(c)(3) charity registered in the State of Washington. We fundraise to provide limbs for kids in Laos who have been maimed by the approximately 80 million remaining unexploded ordnance (UXO) leftover from when the U.S. dropped 270 million bomblets during the Vietnam War. In partnership with COPE, our goal is to raise money and awareness so that we can provide prosthetic legs to maimed victims. By providing these prosthetics, we are able to improve life through the gift of mobility. While our charity is currently focused on Laos, we hope to expand into other regions that suffer from unexploded ordnance such as Cambodia by the year 2020.
Just $75 provides a limb to a child who has lost,
The effect of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) on Laos has been and continues to be immense. UXOs are ‘explosive weapons that failed to detonate when they were fired, dropped, launched or projected, and still pose a risk of exploding’. In Laos, there are a range of UXOs contaminating the countryside, including large bombs, rockets, grenades, artillery munitions, mortars, landmines and cluster munitions (Source: NRA UXO Sector Annual Report 2009).
It has been estimated that around 50,000 people have been injured or killed as a result of UXO incidents between 1964 and 2008. Roughly 30,000 of these incidents occurred during the time of the Second Indochina War/Vietnam War (up until 1973). The other 20,000 occurred in the post-conflict era (from 1973 to 2008). Research has shown that roughly 50% of victims in the post-conflict era are children, over 80% of victims are male (Source: NRA UXO Sector Annual Report 2009).