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CCFD has an agreement with the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF). The ITF agreement provides the opportunity to leverage donations by matching each dollar raised with an additional dollar via the US Matching Fund Mechanism. A PDF file with the ITF Agreement is available here

 

Demining Project in Pakostane Municipality

 

To Be Mined, in red.

CCFD has developed a project to demine two fields comprising 7,316 square meters of land in the vicinity of an elementary school in Pakostane municipality. It will cost less than $5 Canadian to demine a square meter of land. A PDF file with the demining project proposal is available in English or Croatian.

Demining Project in Pakostane Municipality- English Version

Demining Project in Pakostane Municipality- Croatian Version





 

 

During 2012 CCFD has worked closely with the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) to develop the Demining Project in Pakostane Municipality. A news release will be issued soon.
News releases:

 

Our Mission

The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining (CCFD) is a Canadian charitable registered non-profit society whose objective is to remove landmines in Croatia. CCFD will develop demining projects at sites near schools, playgrounds and other highly frequented areas as well as land that is best suited for agricultural and other use. CCFD's goal is to harness Canadian expertise and resources in our efforts to remove landmines that have been plaguing Croatians and visitors to Croatia for nearly a generation. CCFD has established a team and relations with institutions that will ensure all raised funds are directed to the demining effort.

 

Our Background

The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining (CCFD) was established to raise awareness regarding landmines and unexploded ordinance (UXO) in Croatia and to assist with the demining effort. Despite Croatia having signed and adhered to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, some areas of the country are littered with landmines that could takes generations to clear unless we act now. An area of Croatia, equivalent to eight times the size of Vancouver (908 km²), is suspected to contain mines and/or UXO.

 

Nov 24 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia—The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining Society (CCFD) is pleased to
announce its official launch on Tuesday, the 24th of November, 2009 during Vancouver's annual Night of a
Thousand Dinners.
The launch will occur at Vancouver's Marriot Pinnacle Hotel located at 1128 West Hasting
Street at 6:30 pm.

Sara Shawesh, President of CCFD stated, "The launch of the CCFD coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the
Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, a treaty which Croatia has signed and implemented. Although Croatia has made
substantial progress in clearing landmines, an area equivalent to eight times the size of Vancouver or 908 km² is
still suspected to be mined or to have unexploded ordnances. Many of us who have visited Croatia have been
struck by Croatia's beauty, culture, world heritage sites and infrastructure. We have forgotten that Croatia,
Canada's NATO ally and soon to be EU member, has 834 000 people living in close proximity to suspected mine
fields. There is more suspect mined land in Croatia than in Afghanistan. CCFD's goal is to see that all landmines
are removed from Croatian soil."

The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining is a Canadian registered non-profit society whose objective is
to raise awareness and fundraise for the clearing of landmines in Croatia. CCFD's goal is to harness Canadian
expertise and resources in our effort to remove landmines that have been plaguing Croatians and visitors to
Croatia for nearly a generation. CCFD has established a team and relations with institutions that will ensure all
raised funds and resources are directed to the demining effort.

Sara Shawesh further added, "We are very thankful to the UBC International Relations Students Association for
allowing us to launch CCFD at Vancouver's annual Night of a Thousand Dinners 2009. They have provided CCFD
with a platform to promote our fundraising efforts and to direct interested support to our website." For more
information on CCFD, please visit www.deminecroatia.org.

UBC International Relations Student Association's (IRSA) Night of a Thousand Dinners (N1KD) is an annual, global
event that raises awareness and funds for Adopt-A-Minefield®. N1KD dinners have been held in over 50 countries
around the world, with tens of thousands of participants raising millions of dollars for mine action.

"We are excited about this partnership and congratulate the CCFD for taking on this project and continuing to raise
awareness about Canada's role in the Ottawa Treaty. Just like the efforts of N1KD, every little step in the right
direction will bring us closer to a complete ban on landmines worldwide," said Nader Ben Aissa of IRSA.

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For more information please contact:

Marko Dekovic
Director – Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining
Tel: 778-918-8394
Email: Marko.Dekovic@deminecroatia.org

Nader Ben Aissa
Media Liaison – N1KD
Tel: 604-725-1807
Email: nbenai00@hotmail.com

 

Vancouver, Canada, November 24, 2010 – The Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining (CCFD) is pleased to
announce that it has been granted Canadian charity status and execution of a Contractor Intermediary Agreement
with the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance (ITF). Charity status allows CCFD to
issue tax receipts to Canadian donors, while the agreement with ITF will leverage Canadian donors' donations by
matching each dollar raised with an additional dollar via the US Matching Fund Mechanism.

Demining projects will be developed using the Croatian Mine Action Centre (CROMAC) database following CCFD's
guidelines. These guidelines will focus demining projects at sites near schools, playgrounds and other highly
frequented areas as well as land that is best suited for agricultural and other use. Micro projects will be a priority
as they will provide donors the opportunity to develop and fund entire projects. Sara Shawesh, CCFD's President
explained, "Many of us have forgotten that Croatia, Canada's NATO ally and soon to be EU member, has 834
000 people living in close proximity to suspected mine fields. There are more active landmines in Croatia than
in Afghanistan. Croatia has signed and implemented the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty and destroyed all landmine
stockpiles. CCFD's goal is to see that all landmines are removed from Croatian soil. Obtaining charitable status in
Canada will further help achieve this goal."

Individuals and corporations interested in supporting demining efforts in Croatia are encouraged to donate by
visiting CCFD's website available on the following link: www.deminecroatia.org Membership and volunteer forms
are also available on the website.

ITF is a humanitarian, non-profit organization devoted to eradication of landmines from the region of Southeastern
Europe and the world. For additional information on ITF please visit the following link: www.itf-fund.si

CROMAC is a Croatian Government national non-profit humanitarian agency responsible for the coordination
of mine action activities in Croatia. For additional information on CROMAC please visit the following link:
www.hcr.hr/en/index.asp

CCFD is a Canadian charitable registered non-profit society whose objective is to remove landmines in Croatia. For
additional information on CCFD please visit the following link: www.deminecroatia.org or contact Marko Dekovic
at marko.dekovic@deminecroatia.org, Tel: ++1 778 918 8394

Marko Dekovic

Director – Canadian Croatian Foundation for Demining

Tel: 778-918-8394
Email: Marko.Dekovic@deminecroatia.org

 

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