More than 40 years after the end of the U.S. war in Vietnam, thousands of tons of unexploded ordnance—explosive weapons that did not explode when they were deployed and still pose a risk of detonating—remain in the most heavily bombed province, Quang Tri, where post-war casualties include 3,500 deaths, one-third of them children. Vietnamese-organized Project RENEW’s goal is to make Quang Tri safe, using explosive ordnance (UXO) disposal teams, a community reporting network, and mine risk education. Chino Cienega Foundation funded the creation of Project RENEW’s Mine Risk Education and Visitors’ Center in 2010-2011 and has provided support for the development of educational exhibits and programs designed to illustrate the dangers posed by UXOs. Since the Center’s creation, 18,000 people have visited and 14,761 children have received UXO safety lessons. Chino Cienega Foundation has also supported several additional Project RENEW programs for education, reconciliation, and the amelioration of war legacies, and in 2018, is making a grant to refresh and upgrade the Mine Risk Education and Visitors’ Center.
In 2016, Chino Cienega Foundation made a $20,000 grant to support Project RENEW education programs and training for prosthetics and orthotics technicians.