NO. R-214.† House concurrent resolution honoring Clear Path International of Dorset, Vermont and its humanitarian landmine removal and victim assistance programs in southeast Asia.

(H.C.R.134)

Offered by:† Representatives Freed of Dorset, DePoy of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Rusten of Halifax and Waite of Pawlet.

Offered by:† Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Shepard of Bennington County.

Whereas, more than a quarter of a century after the cessation of military hostilities in southeast Asia, the presence of live landmines, other unexploded military ordnance, and injuries resulting from accidental explosions remain a serious problem in the region, and

Whereas, in 2000, the Greater Seattle Vietnam Association, a group of humanitarians with both professional mine experience in central Vietnam captured the compassion and concern of three young humanitarians from Vermont, Martha and James Hathaway of Dorset and Kristen Leadem of Manchester, and

Whereas, in 2000, these three Vermonters, recognizing the need for a professional and effective program to help the people of Southeast Asia, established, under the auspices of the Greater Seattle Vietnam Association, Clear Path International, a not-for profit organization dedicated to the removal and defusing of the thousands of landmines remaining on the ground after the Vietnam conflict, and

Whereas, among the projects Clear Path International has sponsored include the removal of more than 1500 pieces of ordinance from 110 acres of land at the site of the former Dong Ha combat base, once the former headquarters of the U.S. 3rd Marine Division, and the certification of the land, under United Nations guidelines for both housing and the school, and a one-year pilot explosive ordnance disposal response team project in the community of Dong Ha which removed nearly 1,000 explosives in 84 locations, and

Whereas, more recently, Clear Path International has refocused its mission to working with the postwar victims of accidental explosions in Vietnam, Cambodia, and on the Thai-Burmese border, and

Whereas, in accord with its revised mission, the organization among other projects conducts a comprehensive regional assistance program for survivors of accidental landmine and UXO explosions in central Vietnam; has formed a partnership with Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development to offer vocational training to young adult landmine survivors; and has established a program for Burmese refugees on their nationís border with Thailand who are landmine survivors, and

Whereas, recently, Clear Path International was honored to be awarded a $50,000.00 grant from the United Nations Associationís Adopt‑a‑Minefield program for its work in Vietnam, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to recognize the outstanding humanitarian efforts of Clear Path International of Dorset to alleviate the suffering and improve the lives of persons injured by live landmines and other military ordnance which remain on the ground in southeast Asia, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Martha Hathaway, Executive Director, Jamie Hathaway, Vice President, of the Board of Directors and co-fonder, Kristen Leadem, director of Clear Path International in Dorset.