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Oct 30, 2018

4,056 Trees and Counting...!

The future is in your hands.
The future is in your hands.

Another busy quarter has passed and with your support, we've been busy working directly with local farmers who have planted some 4,056 trees and 2,244 tree seedlings between August and October. 

Of the trees planted, the majority were of the Acrocarpus and Sedrella varieties, with Albezia, Pinus, Annona following closely behind. Avocado, Clove, and Jackfruit trees were also planted. 

We provided training for 2 farmers on the correct way to plant and care for young trees - the farmers were from two differing villages (Choma and Kisosa) meaning they were able to disseminate their learning and skills within their local communities furthering the impact of this valuable project.

Your support for this project enables us to further work towards reduced greenhouse gases through the planting of even more trees and the conservation of tropical forests. In addition, your valuable donations work towards food security, poverty reduction, and the socio-economic development of participating farmers and communities. 

With your continued support, we'll be able to reach our goal of planting 21,750 trees and educating 145 farmers.

Remember that just...

$10 will plant ten trees
$25 buys training for local communities on tree nursery establishment
$50 can provide compensation for farmers to plant 1 acre of trees
$90 buys training for local communities on forest management
$150 will establish a tree nursery
$200 can provide more than 200 trees for planting
$500 will fund the establishment of a tree nursery

Thank you so much on behalf of APOPO and Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania for all of your support.

The Uluguru Mountains where trees are planted.
The Uluguru Mountains where trees are planted.
Tree seedlings at a seedling nursery.
Tree seedlings at a seedling nursery.
Oct 24, 2018

A Heroic Quarter for APOPO's HeroRATs

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APOPO's HeroRATs are working hard in Angola.

It's thanks to your incredible support that we were able to continue our fight against landmines and tuberculosis in July, August and September 2018 - we've certainly been kept busy and great progress has been made.

Landmine Detection

In September 2018, some three years in the making, APOPO received its registration from Angola’s Ministry of Justice which permits APOPO to conduct its humanitarian demining activities independently in Angola. This credential was the first step toward independent registration and licensing with all relevant authorities in Angola which will make way for APOPO’s access to new funding streams and a range of potential partnerships. 

As APOPO is the only operator with animals, namely mine detection rats (MDR), in the country, humanitarian mine action in Angola would benefit from increased animal detection capacity nationwide in the challenge for completion and an Angola free of landmines. APOPO’s MDR are too light to detonate the landmines and are very quick at finding them, making them a good tool for accelerating detection and clearance. 

Tuberculosis Detection

This quarter saw great advances in the fight against TB as heads of state and world leaders got together for the first ever UN annual General Assembly high-level meeting dedicated to fighting tuberculosis (TB). Attendees signed a political declaration with commitments to increase funding, support for research and agreed for more collaboration across sectors and member states in order to end TB by 2030.

Every year around the world, 10.4 million new people fall ill with tuberculosis, and 4.1 million of them fail to be diagnosed, treated or reported by health systems. By any standard, the 4,600 people who die of TB every day is an unacceptable level of human suffering and economic burden. Tuberculosis is contagious and airborne. Despite being curable, TB remains the leading cause of death from an infectious disease and the leading killer of people living with HIV. The disease represents a global health security threat and results in high economic and financial burdens to the TB-patients and their families. 

The Angolan HeroRATs with their handlers.
The Angolan HeroRATs with their handlers.
A TB Detection HeroRAT hard at work.
A TB Detection HeroRAT hard at work.
Fighting to end TB.
Fighting to end TB.
Sep 26, 2018

Ratticus Finch - What a Lifesaver!

Ratticus Finch working hard.
Ratticus Finch working hard.

Another two months have passed since our last update to you and we're delighted to inform you that Ratticus Finch has continued his excellent work in the minefields of Dai Auv, Srae Nouy, and Varin in Siem Reap. In the months of July and August 2018, Ratticus Finch worked a total of 1,246 minutes covering a whopping 7,250 square meters of land. His incredible nose managed to find 5 AP and 6 UXO during that period - GO Ratticus Finch!

Thanks to the support of Planson International, HeroRATs like Ratticus Finch are able to continue their life-saving work, finding dangerous explosives which would otherwise pose a deadly threat to local adults and children. Here at APOPO we've seen first-hand the dangers of unexploded landmines and ordonnance and we'd like to thank you for supporting our work via your adoption of Ratticus Finch.

Here are some great photos of Ratticus Finch, and his working environment!

Another day, another mine.
Another day, another mine.
Ratticus Finch loves his colleagues!
Ratticus Finch loves his colleagues!
Ratticus Finch helps the local community.
Ratticus Finch helps the local community.
A well deserved treat after a hard day
A well deserved treat after a hard day's work.
 
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