Why support us?
Once the fighting stops, removing landmines and other explosive remnants of war is just the start of the recovery process.
Post-conflict societies can face vast and complex challenges long after the last bullet is fired and the last soldier has returned home.
Valuable agricultural land can be declared off limits by authorities for years before it is confirmed to be landmine-free. Farmers who plant on uncleared land risk blast injuries, amputation, and losing the ability to provide for their families.
When a child incurs a blast injury from a mine it puts real strain on a family’s finances. Child amputees regularly need costly new prosthetics as they grow, and adequate medical care in remote areas where landmine contamination is most common is often impossible, forcing families to pay for expensive transportation and accomodation.
And all blast trauma survivors face serious risks for developing post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges.
Find A Better Way believes families and communities rebuilding from conflict need immediate help.
The first Sir Bobby Charlton Centre opened in Amman, Jordan in August 2017, providing both physical and mental therapy for refugees from conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. In addition to providing expert physical therapists and state-of-the-art equipment, the Centre also runs an art therapy programme for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
More Sir Bobby Charlton Centres are planned to open in the future, including the second centre which will open soon in Cambodia. As the needs of each post-conflict community are unique, each Sir Bobby Charlton Centre will provide customized, sustainable support to meet the needs of the people it serves.
Find A Better Way also funds research to help improve the lives of landmine blast survivors and other civilians whose lives have been disrupted by conflict.
Since 2016 we have been funding the development of 3-D printed, synthetic bone tissue at the University of Glasgow, which we hope will someday provide more options to surgeons reconstructing legs after blast trauma. In addition to helping landmine blast survivors, it is hoped this technology will someday to be used by bone-cancer sufferers, car accident victims, and anyone worldwide in need of new bone tissue.
We also fund innovative research to help treat PTSD, and improved metal detection technology that could speed up landmine detection in the future.