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Nov 12, 2018

Q3: The Goldman Sachs HeroRAT

Another Day, Another Mine for the GS Rat
Another Day, Another Mine for the GS Rat

It's time for your HeroRAT update!

The Goldman Sachs Gives rat continues to do well in the field with some great numbers for the third quarter of the year 2018. 

In the months of July to September your HeroRAT cleared a whopping 6858 square meters of land in 40 days. Working a total of 8725 minutes across the quarter. The GS rat successfully detected 5 anti-personnel mines and 4 items of unexploded ordonnance - incredible!

With an incredible nose, the GS Rat was able to clear land which has now been handed back to local communities, empowering them to live, work and plan without fear. Many of the local communities we help depend upon their land to provide for their families - with your help they're now able to grow crops and guard their livestock without the horror of losing life or limb.

How does the GS Rat do it?

Conventional mine-clearance approaches use machines and deminers with metal detectors. When the APOPO HeroRats are added they can significantly speed up operations, making considerable cost savings and getting people back on their land as quickly as possible.

HeroRATs like your GS HeroRAT only detect the scent of explosives and ignore scrap metal. A single HeroRAT can search an area the size of a tennis court in 30 minutes - this would take a manual deminer with a metal detector up to four days depending on the level of scrap metal present.

When the GS Rat indicates the presence of explosive, a deminer with a metal detector arrives to carefully excavate the marked position and confirm if a landmine is present - it is then safely detonated on the spot under controlled conditions.

The GS Rat commuting to work
The GS Rat commuting to work
The danger is real for many local people
The danger is real for many local people
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

APOPO's HeroRATs are working hard in Angola.
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.
 
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