We stopped in to COPE not really knowing what to expect. This is a must-see visit for people who want to get to know the country. Since Laos is the most bombed country in the world, unexploded ordinance is common. Farmers run over old bombs and detonate them as they till their fields. The loss of life and loss of limbs is a major problem. Plus, since they can't cultivate bombed fields, families often resort to collecting bomb scrap metal for money--with devastating effects. COPE helps rehab and fit artificial limbs on children and adults.
They also help children born with club feet and those affected by polio.
Be sure to watch the movie of the Aussie MAG who trains Laotian teams to disarm these horrible things.
The visit is free but donations are gratefully accepted. The need is great and it will change you.
We even went back a second day to ask how we can help once we het home.
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