Why support us?
Landmines continue to wage wars that ended decades ago. There are 110 million landmines buried across the world and all have the potential to kill and maim innocent men, women and children.
Landmine detection techniques have barely changed since the Second World War – still relying primarily on metal detection. Heavy machinery and detection dogs can also be used, but demining for humanitarian purposes requires 100% certainty of absolute clearance and so a secondary method must always be used.
This manual method of clearance is painstakingly slow and very dangerous for workers. They are looking for a device that contains a minute piece of metal, often the size of the pin from a drawing pin, enclosed in electrically non-conducting explosives and casing – a challenge for any metal detector. Complicating matters further is the problem of metallic clutter. False indications due to shrapnel, tin cans, barbed wire, or other waste metal left in the ground force a deminer to painstakingly excavate an innocuous object, causing vast amounts of wasted time and money.
Find A Better Way seeks to offer innovative, practical solutions to these problems through the application of cutting edge research and technology led by UK university projects. Better tools means that demining will be safer, faster, and more efficient, thereby saving countless lives and allowing humanitarian funds to be redirected to helping those already affected.
Whilst research currently forms our primary focus, we also support education and humanitarian projects which seek to improve conditions for those already affected. We have provided funding for innovative pictorial education programmes to mitigate against the risk of people suffering injury in the first place, whilst also partnering with the Centre for Blast Injury Studies and Imperial College London to develop a pathway to affordable prosthetics.