At his boarding school in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, 10-year-old Danilo has been learning a very different type of lesson. He is being taught how to stay safe from landmines and explosives.

Following five years of intense fighting, Ukraine is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world. Since 2014 there have been over 2,000 casualties as a result of mines and explosive items—including 124 children.

What Danilo learns could save his life

To help teach Danilo and his classmates how to stay safe, HALO organised a drawing competition—asking the children to create pictures showing what to do if they found a landmine or explosive.

Danilo was the winner!

The children’s designs are now being used to create risk education materials and on Mine Awareness Day 2019, the materials were used in the cities of Bakhmut, Kramatorsk, Mariupil and Novotroitske, as well as in the capital, Kyiv.


Next, HALO will work with the local authorities, including the State Emergency Service and National Police—sharing the risk education designs created by the children so that their life-saving lessons can reach thousands more families living in daily danger of landmines and explosives.

This project was made possible thanks to support from CSSF, the United States Department of State and the Government of Norway.

The Competition Winners!