Local charities helping Afghan children

May 14, 2009 12:26:08 PM PDT
Afghanistan is becoming a safer place for children to play thanks to the remarkable efforts of a local charity called Roots of Peace.

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Unity in Marin in Novato held a ceremony Sunday to donate $1,000 to the organization and community members also donated thousands of pennies.

In 2005, ABC 7's Cheryl Jennings traveled to Afghanistan to see firsthand how the pennies are paying off by removing land-mines.

"100 percent of these pennies will go to Afghanistan to help the women and the children to remove landmines and establish schools and soccer fields, so that peace may come from the bottom up. That's a mother's dream," said Heidi Kuhn with Roots of Peace.

Roots of Peace has helped remove more 100,000 landmines in Afghanistan.

Roots of Peace was $6 million under contract in 2005 in Afghanistan through our agricultural initiative, PLUS a few million pennies raised by SF Bay Area children for the Roots of Peace Children's penny campaign.

In 2009, Roots of Peace is $34 million under contract in Afghanistan for diverse agricultural programs PLUS 30 million "pennies" raised by children internationally (U.S., Italy, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia.) for the Roots of Peace Children's Penny Campaign.

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