An Upstate International Global Humanitarian Outreach Program
featuring Heidi Kühn, Founder of Roots of Peace
and moderated by Ellie Cutright, trainer of Hero Rats
Live and Online – Free lunch & learn
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Kühn’s Roots of Peace has saved lives and transformed communities around the world. Long after the bombs have been silenced and the peace treaties have been signed, the threat of landmines remains. An estimated sixty million landmines in over sixty countries still remain, a deadly reminder of civil wars. They maim or kill farmers, children, domestic livestock and wildlife alike. Join Heidi Kühn as she discusses saving lives, creating orchards, vineyards and opportunity, and advancing peace around the globe.
Heidi Kuhn is Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997 with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES — replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Her pioneering work empowers families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade. With a simple toast in the living room of her home, a global initiative was established following the death of the late Princess Diana who in her lifetime catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda. To date, Roots of Peace has impacted over 1 million farmers and families, spanning eight countries- Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam. Roots of Peace has facilitated the removal of over 100,000 landmines and unexploded bombs,
restoring the land for agricultural bounty. For more information about Heidi and Roots of Peace click here.Her book Breaking Ground is both a memoir and a call to action, a gripping account of Heidi’s quest to eradicate landmines from the face of the earth and firmly plant the roots of peace.
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Ellie Cutright is a Research Technician at APOPO, an organization that trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. She currently works on the research team at APOPO headquarters in Morogoro, Tanzania, where she supports all areas of ongoing scent detection research. Ellie graduated with honors from the College of Charleston, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2018. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research on rodent models of stress-induced alcohol seeking behavior as well as serving as a student teacher for two semesters. Outside of work, Ellie volunteers as a swim team coach at a local school and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and pets.