MAG's Annual Summary 2015
A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR
At MAG, we believe that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.
As Chief Executive of the UK’s only aid and development charity to have shared the Nobel Peace Prize, I am immensely proud of the difference MAG and our donors made directly to the lives of more than 1.4 million men, women and children in 2015.
Together, we made around 33 million square metres of land (that’s more than 4,500 Wembley-stadium sized football pitches) safe from landmines and unexploded bombs, so that people can safely grow crops, walk to school, access water, get to market, and live without fear.
This is truly extraordinary and would not have been possible without the generosity of all those who supported our programmes in Africa, Central America, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Yet, whilst these numbers are important, on their own they do not do justice to the incredible impact of this work on lives and livelihoods. The stories we hear, some of which are within this summary, of people sleeping soundly at night, of no longer worrying about their children walking to school, of growing enough rice to send their sons and daughters to school and build a new home, of escaping fear and poverty… this is the real difference MAG makes around the world and what inspires us to do more.
We are painfully aware of just how much still needs to be done. Mines and unexploded bombs are not being cleared fast enough for those who still live around them, in fear, every day. These people must not be forgotten.
Sadly, new conflicts are also putting even more people at risk. The ongoing crisis in Syria, violence in Iraq and instability in South Sudan mean the need to help vulnerable people is as big as ever. The families who’ve fled their homes in fear for their lives are now finding themselves in danger from explosive weapons left over from old conflicts in neighbouring regions and countries. They need our help.
This is why we are determined to do more. And so, as we thank everyone who has been part of MAG’s achievements and work in 2015, we look forward to reaching even more people in 2016 – to give them back their future, free from fear and danger.