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May 17, 2017

HeroTREEs Success

HeroTREEs Success

Thanks to your support, 3375 seedlings have been distributed among 60 farmers who planted the trees in their plots. By the end of this week; a total of 4300 will have been distributed for transplanting in their areas and in public places.

We expect to plant more than 6000 seedlings from the three nurseries (Mgambazi, Ruvuma and Tulo), however many seedlings died because of drought, and gap filled seedlings are not yet ready for transplanting. Nevertheless the carbon objective of APOPO which is planting 2000 trees a year has been already achieved.

Trees Planted

Farmers have already planted a number of trees. They will report to their committees later on the exact location, amount and varieties. From the 3 established nurseries, seedlings were so far distributed from Ruvuma and Mgambazi.

The farmers suggested to plant Albezia trees as well in public areas particularly along the Road to Town (Ruvuma), to provide shade for people walking to Mlimani. The trees protect the road banks from erosion which was another reason mentioned by farmers.

Education - The Root of Success

The education side of the project is progressing well.The farmers have completed training on the following:

  • Climate change – Its Impacts in Agriculture and how to cope with Climate change (Forestation)
  • Appropriate tree planting (appropriate spacing for Timber, firewood and other uses)
  • Fruit trees improvement through vegetative propagation by grafting (theory and practical)

Future Plans

  1. We are planning on establishing new groups in other streets (in total 37 farmers) who will be trained in establishing nurseries
  2. GPS Survey of all plots (will be done with SUA University students from Field Practical Training)
  3. The planting of food trees will be ready in the small rainy season

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.

 

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Apr 26, 2017

New jobs for the HeroRATs!

August, Community Leader of Nyazvitanda District
August, Community Leader of Nyazvitanda District

Due to your kind and generous support, we are thrilled to announce that APOPO will soon be saving lives in Colombia.

Second in the World for Landmine Casualties

Colombia's landmine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) problem is the result of more than five decades of conflict with non-state armed groups. Up until December 2016, the official government record states there have been a total of 11,460 landmine casualties, of which, 2,266 people died and 9,194 were injured. This places Colombia second in the world only to Afghanistan in terms of landmine casualties.

APOPO is proud to announce that it has opened a landmine detection program in Colombia. APOPO has recently registered as an NGO in the country and has asked the Colombian government to consider the use of APOPO's innovative landmine detection rats as effective detectors of minimal-metal landmines.

Your Support is Saving Lives

Thanks to your generosity, APOPO and the HeroRATs were very successful in clearing landmines in Mozambique.

August, who is the Community Leader of Nyazvitanda District in the Macate region, Manica province in central Mozambique, wants to share his experience of APOPO with you:

“The landmines caused us a lot of problems and pain. People within our community became disabled and some died through landmine accidents.

Once a farmer found a mine and took it home to show to his children. It exploded in their house. After the news of this tragedy went around, we were all terrified. The landmines cut us off from important resources such as water and fertile land that we used to farm. We are not rich people. Our land and livestock are our assets, so if you take these away, or we become injured, our ability to provide for our families is also lost.

APOPO cleared the mines very methodically and efficiently. They used big machines and people with metal detectors. They even used rats that could smell the mines. We were impressed because we thought of rats as dirty pests. But these ones were clever and found the mines very quickly. When APOPO finished they organized a handover ceremony. They told us that the land was now free of all known landmines! We were so happy. APOPO walked on the land to show us it was safe. They believed in their people and rats, so we believed it too. Since then we are back working the land and producing to support our families.”

We need your help

We want to take our success from Mozambique and help people in Colombia to live free from the scourge of landmines.

"APOPO is very excited and looking forward to our HeroRats coming to Colombia to assist in the efforts to rid the country of its landmine legacy and allow mine affected communities to once again live without fear of these deadly weapons." – Tekimiti Gilbert, APOPO Program Manager MA Colombia

Please continue to help us save lives.

Thank you from us all.

Tekimiti Gilbert, APOPO Program Manager Colombia
Tekimiti Gilbert, APOPO Program Manager Colombia
HeroRAT in Mozambique
HeroRAT in Mozambique
Sniffing out deadly landmines
Sniffing out deadly landmines
August Family
August Family

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Feb 24, 2017

Seeds of Change

Abdalla Watering the Seeds
Abdalla Watering the Seeds

Thanks to your support, we are delighted to announce that 60 farmers are now enrolled in the programme!

These farmers works in the Uluguru mountains in two wards, namely Mlimani and Magadu, which are the catchments of Morogoro River

Seeds of Change

An outstanding 1842 seedlings were planted in the year 2016.  Between January 2017 and April 2017, we planned to transplant more than 6000 seedlings. However, as we experienced a long dry spell, the planting of these seedlings is to start next week as the long rains have just began. This will go hand in hand with grafting of Mangoes and Avocado seedlings.

Currently, we have 3 nurseries with about 12,000 seedlings in Tulo, and Ruvuma street (in Mlimani wards) and  Mghambazi  Streets (In Magadu ward)

Education - The Root of Success

The education side of the project is progressing well. The training largely follows the activity cycle. Next week we plan to have training on vegetative propagation by grafting/ Budding. The grafted seedlings will be transplanted during onset of the autumn rains this year. The education they receive  is vital as it improves their techniques in tree management.

Impact on the Environment and Communities

The project benefits the community living in the mountains as it provides tree species (fruits and other forest trees) that will be a good source of nutrition and income for the households.

In the long run it's expected that the carbon offsetting project will have marked effect on improved water quality and quantity for the Morogoro town and beyond.

“As This project has come to help us protect the environment, at last it will help to build relations with the government that  wanted us to leave because of the effects  we used to have to the environment, thanks SAT and APOPO for providing us the opportunity to become friends of the Environment”-

Pius, Farmer.

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.

 

Group pciture
Group pciture
Kibuana working
Kibuana working
Abdalla Working
Abdalla Working

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