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KRG – NGO office


After approval of our proposal for conducting a basic demining course for the one clearance company, we received sum 41,905 million Iraqi Dinar (approx. 35,000 USD) from the KRG-NGO office. MIR charged the clearance company 22% of the total costs, as it was the beneficiary of the course. 

Due to the fact that MIR has experienced, full training package and all required logistical needs for training, the local mine action authority (IKMAA) officially gave permission and endorsed   MIR to provide training for other agencies.

49 candidates participated in the course. The course started on 28 August and ended on 18 September.

Some students left the course early because of their disagreement with the working conditions that is going to be provided by the employer (Clearance Company) after their graduation. Some reasons were salary level, staying overnight outside their residence, etc.. . However, MIR run the course successfully and graduated 15 deminers.

 

Leaving numbers of the students in the course resulted in reducing the cost and consequently surplus in the project budget. At the same time there were demands from upgrade clearance companies to their deminers for leader positions. This also required a leader training to be provided by professional agency. MIR grabbed the opportunity and proposed to the KRG-NGO office to utilize the remained money for a leader course. The mentioned office agreed to the suggestion and IKMAA awarded their agreement immediately.

 

26 deminers elected from 5 clearance agencies including our deminers. 20 of them passed the course successfully and awarded leader certificate.

 

The project with the KRG-NGO completed successfully. Final report with complete financial report submitted to the sponsor in time. After their assessment and auditing, the mentioned office considered the project as successful one and gave thanks letter to MIR.

  

IKMAA

Since our establishment, one of our target was to receive QA (Quality Assurance) or QC (Quality Check) contract from the local mine action authority. This is a successful model that performed in many mine-affected countries that one or numbers independent agencies to conduct those tasks on behalf of the government. 

In 16 December 2013 we received 3 contracts from IKMAA to conduct QC for the products of two clearance companies. MAG and another agency called SIG got only one contract. This means that MIR received biggest share of that opportunity. The tasks are located in Duhok area. Total amount that we will receive is approx. USD 300,000. In preparation for that, MIR plans to double its operational capacity by recruiting and training more deminers. More details explained in the plans ahead.  

Logistics

In order to comply with our new mission and update our operation toolbox to standard level, MIR Manager visited Ebinger and Vallon companies in Germany.

The result was to invest 3 new type detectors and some PPE (Personnel Protective Equipment). However, the decision will be made after final audit 2013 grant and then final update of our financial status.

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