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APOPO's mission is to develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. APOPO's vision is to solve pressing humanitarian challenges with detection rats technology. Our core values are: Quality - Demonstrating and promoting high standards in research, design, training and implementation of detection rats technology. Social Transformation - Developing skills, creating jobs, improving socio-economic and environmental conditions, releasing land for development, and combating public health issues. Innovation - Pioneering creative research and innovative solutions within a participatory learning culture. Diversity - Embracing d...
Nov 29, 2016

Rooting for Success

HeroTREEs Participants
HeroTREEs Participants

We are delighted to announce that the project has officially commenced.

On October 27, Tawero Village in Tanzania, hosted the opening ceremony. About 70 enthusiastic local farmers, along with the community leaders, attended the event. Guest of honour, the Honourable Ashura Abdallah, Ward Executive Officer from Mlimani, officially opened the event.

At the opening ceremony, 22 tree seedlings, predominantly Jackfruit, were planted by honored guests and village leaders.

What your support has helped to achieve

  • Since April 2016, trained farmers working with project have planted 2,000 trees in and are preparing another 18,000 seedlings.
  • A further 13,000 seedlings will be planted in this year’s rainy season in Mlimani Ward (Ruvuma, Tulo and Kisosa) and Mgambazi in Magadu Ward.
  • Three of these villages have already established tree nurseries.

Education - The Root of Success

  • Education on the benefits of trees and selection, as well as management involving the farmers, will be key to the sustainability of the program.
  • Teaching focuses on organic crop production, composting, soil and crop health. The project provides a hands-on training approach to promote sustainable solutions for farmers.
  • Farmers will continue to learn about the benefits of nitrogen-fixing trees and how their litter production and can improve farm productivity.
  • Advice to help farmers maintain tree health and growth will be given throughout.

The forests hugely support the biodiversity in this area and play a vital role in safeguarding the climate by naturally sequestering carbon. We are proud of APOPO taking this step to restore degraded landscapes and reduce the deforestation, which is driven by basic needs, such as subsistence farming and reliance on firewood for fuel.”

Janet Maro, Founder SAT

Thank you for your support

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

Planting
Planting
One of the nurseries
One of the nurseries

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Aug 18, 2016

Cambodian Minefield Cleared and Baby HeroPUPS!

Cambodian HeroRAT
Cambodian HeroRAT

The HeroRATs in Cambodia have helped our partner CMAC complete clearance of a second minefield since they were deployed at the beginning of the year.

Location: Khnar Phtoul Village, Srae Nouy Commune, Siem Reap

Area: 95,522 m2 (approx. 9 soccer pitches)

Total time taken: 30 operational days

What was found?

  • 6 landmines
  • 3 unexploded mortar bombs

HeroRats Saving Lives

Eight families, totaling around 40 people, have lived next door to the landmines for the last 25 years and have been forced to sometime farm on unsafe land in order to feed themselves. They are already getting on with the serious business of growing rice crops on the newly safe land.

The whole village were overjoyed at being free from the dangers of mines The Village Chief wanted to share his appreciation:

“On the behalf of the village authority as well as all the families in our community, I would just like to say a very big thank you to the APOPO/CMAC teams and the donors that support them. I commend them all for their bravery. We are so grateful that they have returned our land to us completely free from landmines. It has been difficult for me to watch our community struggling to develop and living in constant fear. All of us are eager to get back to tilling the land and providing for our families.”

Vorn Saveith, Village Chief, Khnar Phtoul village

Thank you HeroRATS!

13 Mine Detection Rats were deployed alongside CMAC demining teams. These HeroRATs are the ‘landmine detectors’ that significantly speed up landmine clearance because they are trained to detect only explosive scent which means they ignore the scrap metal that slows down metal detectors on their way to the landmines.

As ever our hats go off to the brave individuals carrying out this dangerous work.

HeroPUPS

Three new rat pups have been born via the APOPO breeding program, which is gearing up for imminent APOPO program expansion.  There is a lot going on right now and because it takes around 9 months to fully train a HeroRAT, the breeding program is ramping up its activities to ensure that we are ready for future needs.

Last week three new pups were born to Avatar and her mate Gamble.  A rat litter is generally between two and five pups that remain with their mother for 3-5 weeks before they begin their socialization process. This begins with a week of ever-increasing periods away from their mother, to play with Uncle Albert (our resident rat socializer). After this they are fully separated from their mother and spend another week of socialization with rat trainers, before their scent detection training formally begins. This initial socialization period gets them used to working with people and ensures that they are comfortable with being handled, and that the everyday smells and hubbub of the modern environment in which they will soon work will not interfere with their subsequent training.

A warm welcome to our newest Heroes!

Thank you for your support!

 

Kind regards,

The HeroRat Team

Baby HeroPUPS
Baby HeroPUPS

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May 31, 2016

HeroRATS Hired!

HeroRATS to Sniff Out Mines in Zimbabwe
HeroRATS to Sniff Out Mines in Zimbabwe

 

HeroRATs Hired!

We have some very exciting news!

APOPO and the Ministry of Defense of the Government of Zimbabwe have officially signed a historic agreement to allow APOPO to begin clearing landmines in the country.

History of Mines in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s landmines were laid during the Liberation War of Independence (also known as The Second Chimurenga of the 1970’s) by the army of Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was then known). The Rhodesian military created lethal barriers along the border to Mozambique to keep liberation forces at bay.

These are some of the most mine-impacted areas in the world with 5,500 landmines per kilometer at some border minefields. However, other areas nearer to towns and villages are also suspected of low-level landmine contamination, and the mines effectively render vast tracts of their land off-limits. As well as the tragic accidents that inevitable occur, local communities are also unable to access basic needs such as prime farming land, paths and market routes, and expansion of residential and business areas, and sustaining a perpetual cycle of poverty.

Enter the HeroRATs!

This is where the HeroRATs come in. Ignoring scrap metal and only detecting the scent of explosives, they are able to check large areas of land much faster than conventional methods such as technicians with metal detectors. This saves more lives by halting further injuries, and gets people back on their productive land as fast as possible.

Further Impact of your Donation

We recognised the need for faster TB diagnosis as paramount, which is why we are thrilled to announce APOPO’s new TB facility in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, due to open in July 2016.

In partnership with the Tanzanian Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA), the facility will include a new TB center with a top-notch lab, brand new rat facilities and TB detection rooms.

About 10 HeroRats will be deployed to screen samples, increasing the number screened by over 50%.  Located in Dar es Salaam, the new facility will cut waiting times for the delivery of results to 12 hours. This means that TB positive patients will be treated the following day, which is not only good for the patient, but will reduce the risk of them infecting other people.

We thank you for your support, without which we could not have achieved this remarkable next step!

Kind regards,

The HeroRat Team

 

Enter the HeroRATs!
Enter the HeroRATs!

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