Throughout time engineers have created machines that have aided mankind. We here at the University of Maine have been challenged to build a trike for landmine victims in Mozambique. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel; all we are doing is coming up with a way on how to make it better. Our tricycle design is limited to $200 (US wholesale cost) and needs to be easily built and repaired by local labor in Mozambique. Kim Keeley who works for Core Plan International, a humanitarian group, asked us to design this tricycle that will aid victims of this region.
In Mozambique large number of active land mines remain scattered across the country side from the civil war conflicts. The World Health Organization estimates there are approximately 3 million landmines in Mozambique. These mines can remain active for decades after they have been planted. They are indiscriminate and often end up maiming or killing innocent people. To learn more about Mozambique please click to our Mozambique Link!!!!!