A Mine Free Worldassistance programs

Our History

A Mine Free World (AMFW) is a registered non-profit organization based in Waterloo Region founded in 2006 by Maria Almudevar-van Santen. It started with the story of Min Vanna, a 5 year old Cambodian girl who, in 1997, lost her leg when she stepped on a landmine while feeding the family's chickens.

To raise awareness of the brutality and consequences of landmines, Maria wrote the children's story, Vanna's Dance. Profits from sales are donated to survivor assistance. AMFW Assistance Programs was founded to continue and expand on these efforts.

In 2009, Lisa McCoy from Gravenhurst, Ontario was appointed as Executive Director / Project Co-ordinator. Lisa previously spent six months a year in Southeast Asia, the majority of time in Cambodia, identifying landmine survivors and their families and implementing programs.

On April 30, 2015, A Mine Free World Assistance Programs became a Canadian Registered Charity and was designated as a Charitable Organization. CRA Registration: 86288 0697 RR0001.

More About Us


Our Mission:


  • To relieve poverty of individuals in need in Cambodia by providing bicycle and nutrition programs, by constructing and maintaining homes and schools, and by providing micro-financing and training;
  • To advance education by providing scholarships, other forms of financial assistance, uniforms, books, equipment, and educational aids to students in Cambodia; and
  • To do all such things as are incidental or ancillary to the attainment of the above purposes.

We Support:

  • Establishment of Micro Businesses:
    AMFW helps landmine survivors establish small businesses with supplies and materials(chicken raising, bicycle repair, barber shop, sewing shop) with the goal of helping of self-sufficiency to support landmine affected families.

  • Educational Support Fund:
    Educational support includes: Bicycles for Cambodia - providing bicycles as transportation to school, Embracelets© for Books - bracelets made by students are sold to raise funds and Dental Hygiene for Children

Cambodian Landmine Survivor Ron Phea Receives a Home and Hope
Cambodian Landmine Survivor Ron Phea Receives a Home and Hope