Our first successful Mine Kafon Kickstarter campaign provided us with invaluable positive feedback and support from you. Your contributions afforded us the fuel to keep on pushing in search of new approaches to solve the landmine epidemic worldwide.
First of all, with the kickstarter campaign we strived to achieve two main goals:
- Raising awareness about the global problem of landmines and finding new ways to clear them within 10 years.
- To create an inexpensive DIY device that could be used in worst case scenarios in landmine contaminated areas. Idealy with a GPS mapping system.
Mine Kafon has been inspiring people to collaborate and use creative innovations to solve the landmine problem. We encourage everybody to improve and envision new ideas and methodologies. If there is a discussion then there will be a solution as well. We had the mission to unearth a forgotten problem and we are proud and happy that we managed to do so.
Since its first public presentation, Mine Kafon has been contributing to the global awareness about the landmine problem around the world through exhibitions, interviews, newspaper articles, discussions, TEDx talks and workshops in different countries, Youtube videos and press companies such as AFP, Reuters, AP and tv programs such as ZDF, CNN, Discovery Channel, Nos, RTL2, Colbert Show and much more.
Just after our first kickstarter campaign, the MoMA in New York acquired one for their permanent collection. We have presented the sculptures in more than 60 museums/locations around the world.
Mine Kafon DIY
The goal behind the Mine Kafon DIY is to provide a manual to help the local people in contaminated regions to improvise and find solutions in their dangerous environment. We have looked into these regions and researched what would be the most low-cost and fastest solution. One of the ideas behind Mine Kafon DIY was to create tools from recycled and waste materials that are easily accessible. Shortly after talking to locals, we figured out that old tires, oil drums, bicycle wheels and tree branches are at their disposal. What if we could help people create locally improvised tools to use in worst case scenarios? The creations are inspired by toys that we used to make as kids in Kabul. Finally we came up with an Educational PDF manual which can be distributed and taught by the local organisations and schools in these regions.
The DIY program was also collaborated with Kazerne Lab and Stichting Doen in the Netherlands. They have supported us to create a whole exhibition to tell the history behind the Mine Kafon DIY project in their showroom in Eindhoven. They have also supported us to make a booklet about the whole Mine Kafon timeline from the past 4 years. Shortly we will share this in a new update. The booklet will be available for downloads via the minekafon.org website.
In January and February 2016, we have already presented this to more than 70 UN Ambassadors in the Netherlands at three different conferences organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs. We have also discussed it with the Red Cross, War Child, Save the Children and a few other NGO’s to include this in their programs. In Japan one of the major schools has printed Mine Kafon manuals in more than 70 thousand books to educate children about this deadly world problem.
How many Mine Kafon sculptures are manufactured so far?
In the past few years, we have built in total around 12 original Mine Kafon sculptures by hand and tested them in different conditions with explosives and windy desserts. A few have been destroyed entirely.
In the next update we will present you the new Mine Kafon drones. An airborne detection system, which maps, detects and clears landmines in any type of terrain. With this approach, the world of landmines can be cleared in less than 10 years.