Creativity and a strong desire to do good can formulate some amazing things. Take Designer Massoud Hassani’s project to help destroy landmines in his hometown of Kabul.
As a child, Massoud’s favourite hobby was building small wind-powered
toys that would roll and blow due the strong winds of the Afghan Desserts. Sometimes the toys would roll too far into areas he and his friends couldn’t rescue them due to landmines. 20 years later, Massoud has returned to Kabul with an idea and a mission as a part of his Graduate Project: design simple, economical prototypes that would help locals excavate hazardous areas known to have landmines. Made of bamboo, biodegradable plastics, and a GPS chip to help locals find the best path to find and retrieve these machines, the “Mine Kafon” as Massoud has named it, is built to withstand the foce of an exploding landmine so effectively that 1 plastic plate will be lost due to each landmine destroyed. Essentially, the prototype he has designed can clear an area of 4-5 landmines while only losing 4-5 of its plastic feet. For the total cost of about 40 euros these rolling excavators are giving Afghan’s there land back one strong breeze at a time thanks to Massoud’s childhood hobby, his creativity, and his dream to better Kabul.
[This video is also a part of the FOCUS FORWARD filmmaker competition, and it is in the running to become the $100,000 grand prize winner. If you think Massoud and his project is awesome, please vote for it.]