Donation Options

Fund a Landmine Detecting HeroRAT in Tanzania

 
$6,491
$9
Raised
Remaining

Summary

APOPO trains rats to save lives by detecting landmines and Tuberculosis. This project will train one rat in Tanzania for nine months from birth to accreditation in order to detect landmines in Mozambique or Angola. APOPO's trained rats provide a cheap, efficient, and effective solution to the global landmine problem. To date, APOPO has cleared over 50 million square feet in Mozambique, which creates local employment and encourages development by returning safe land to local communities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Dozens of countries around the world are affected by landmines. They pose a significant structural barrier to development and economic growth to the nearby communities. Currently, many developing countries are under pressure to meet their Ottawa Treaty commitments to become landmine free. Further, the detection of landmines is dangerous, expensive, and time-consuming. Therefore, APOPO has stepped up its war on landmines and aims to spread the use of its unique rat detection technology.

How will this project solve this problem?

APOPO's trained mine detection rats provide a cheap, efficient and effective solution to the global landmine problem. For example, two of APOPO's mine detection rats, working with two human handlers, can cover 300 square meters of land in one hour. In comparison, two manual deminers using metal detectors, will need two full days to cover the same area.

Potential Long Term Impact

By creating local employment and encouraging development, APOPO provides a cost-effective solution to global humanitarian challenges. The work of APOPO's trained rats reduces landmine casualties, and enables communities to utilize their land for agriculture or infrastructure development.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Resources

 

Microproject Disclaimer

Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Support APOPO's rats in their life-saving missions. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.

If you or any other donor is unhappy with the way their funds have been used, he or she can reallocate their donation using the GlobalGiving guarantee.

Close
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.