The US’s Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) and Norway’s Renew Project in Vietnam have supported the victims of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the central province of Quang Tri through a programme named “Mushrooms with a Mission”.
HDI and Renew on June 4 handed over advanced mushroom production equipment worth 123,000 USD to the Mushroom Centre of Cam Lo district to implement this programme.
According to Jeanne Samuel, HDI Country Director in Vietnam, the Japan-funded equipment will increase monthly mushroom production capacity from 30,000 bags to more than 300,000, contributing to expanding the programme and increasing financial resources for bomb and mine clearance.
Implemented since 2010, the “Mushrooms with a Mission” was designed to support UXO victims and disabled people in Quang Tri province through providing them with necessary mushroom growing tools and knowledge, thus increasing their incomes.
It also aim s to build a sustainable mushroom growing industry as well as create jobs and production establishments in the province.
Quang Tri remains one of the most mine-affected provinces in Vietnam. According to the reports, more than 100,000 people in the province are victims of UXOs and landmines, and they are facing difficulties in their life.