1975 - 1979
Under the rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979, over 2.4 million Cambodians suffered a devastating genocide. The land was sabotaged by landmines planted in abundance; those that survived were left desperate and traumatized.
Director, Karla Tillapaugh, was led into the country in 2009 to the place we today affectionately refer to as The Minefield Village. Situated within the 450 mile border of Thailand and Cambodia, the village is located in what was once the most concentrated area of landmines in the world. Today, the area contends as one of the most human trafficked borders on the globe.
The Minefield Village is where we work to restore lives and hope. It’s where over 500 families desperately squatted on land no one wanted, but today can call home.
Our hearts broke as we witnessed the realities of human trafficking and cycles of poverty. It is here we discovered the root of the problem in uneducated young women and mothers who had no choice but to leave their homes to work in neighboring Thailand. Abandoning their children for months at a time, these vulnerable women would subject themselves to abuse, human trafficking, and desperation without family stability. Women needed real possibilities, economic opportunity, and education at home in the village. We dreamt of catalyzing hope for their future and future generations.
It was in this boldness that Landmine Design was born.
Six women joined us by rolling beads from paper in an abandoned hut. Today, we employ 15 women who meet at our headquarter facility in The Minefield Village to receive an education as well as earn a full-time wage working from the safety of their own homes.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
BREAKING THE CYCLES OF POVERTY
There’s a new contagion of hope that exists in The Minefield Village. Land that was once scarred and abandoned is now sprouting life. Lives once forsaken and desperate are now filled with hope. Hopeless minds have been freed to dream of what’s possible.
Landmine Design is a catalyst for life and an advocate for who people are designed to be.
Our belief in human design is inspired by the love of our ultimate Designer, Jesus Christ.