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About Us

This tragic legacy must end, so a new one can begin

Legacies of War is an educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of the American Secret War and the conflict in Southeast Asia, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). We raise awareness about the history of the Secret War bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace. 

The UXO problem in Laos has persisted for far too long. Too many innocent lives have been lost. Too many farmers and children have been left disabled, their lives forever changed. But it is not too late to stop this senseless suffering.

 

We’ve already proven positive change is possible.

Our vision is simple.

Clear Laos as much as possible within our lifetime. 

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“As a child in Laos, I was taught to walk on well-worn paths to avoid unexploded bombs left-over from the Secret War my parents survived. This tragic legacy must end so that new ones may begin.”

Sera Koulabdara, CEO

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The original drawings that started it all.

Meet The Team

Meet The Team
Meet The Board

Former Board Chairs

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Brett Dakin 

"In contrast, the U.S. spent more than $2m a day (about $17 million in today's dollars) for nine years dropping the bombs in the first place. The U.S. can, and should, do more."

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Titus Peachey

“I was a member of the Legacies of War Board because of the shattered Lao hoehead that has lain on my desk for more than 40 years. It was given to us by a man from Moung Kham Village who lost his wife and the mother of his 11 children to an unexploded U.S. cluster bomb in 1981. Each day it tells me that I must be deliberate and creative if I wish to contribute to a future of safety and peace. Legacies of War provides a wonderful opportunity to do this.“

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Alexandra Hiniker

"With sustained support from the U.S. to clear bombs, support survivors, and educate people about the risks of unexploded ordnance in Laos, I am confident that we can help end this painful legacy so that new ones may begin."

Our Sponsors

Our Sponsors

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Our Fiscal Sponsor

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Legacies of War is a project of NEO Philanthropy—formerly Public Interest Projects—a New York-based 30-year-old nonprofit rated four stars by Charity Navigator. NEO brings together and strengthens the work of philanthropic institutions, nonprofit groups and other public interest organizations sharing a vision of a society that ensures justice, dignity and opportunity for all people. By developing sustainable partnerships among donor, grantees and allied groups, NEO seeks to foster a movement for positive social change resulting in equality, fairness and a stronger participatory democracy. 

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