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Nov 26, 2018

You can clear landmines this #GivingTuesday

Bundoeth fears for his pupils' lives.
Bundoeth fears for his pupils' lives.

It’s almost Giving Tuesday - this year it falls on November 27th (tomorrow). One day of the year dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back. This year, we ask that you use Giving Tuesday to support APOPO in our big push to clear Cambodia of as many landmines as possible.

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"My name is Bundoeth and I have been the headmaster of our local primary school for four years. There are 128 children at this school. The school is situated in the middle of what used to be live minefields, on the edge of the main road from Siem Reap."

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We meet many Cambodians like Bundoeth; people who must consider the threat of stepping on a landmine just to do their job and complete daily tasks that we take for granted.

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"Many of my pupils have parents, siblings, or grandparents who have been maimed or killed due to leftover landmines from the war"

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Whether it is going to school, popping out to the supermarket, farming to feed your family or running a small business too many people are putting themselves in harm's way just to survive

Leftover landmines and explosives threaten more than a third of the world’s countries, including Cambodia, which has the highest number of amputees per capita in the world. These weapons remain active long after hostilities have ended, causing terror, killing indiscriminately and hampering the development of vulnerable communities.

Tomorrow, between 00:00:00 ET and 23:59:59 ET you can help us Clear Cambodia.

  • Global Giving are offering to match all new, recurring donations up to $200 per person started on #GivingTuesday and throughout the fundraising season. That's your donation, DOUBLED.
  • There's also a $150,000 incentive fund depending on donations raised, and bonus prizes which mean further funds towards our goal.

Remember, just $10 can clear 30 square meters of land for local people removing the threat of loss of life or severe injury.

With your generous help, we can Clear Cambodia.

School children celebrate with APOPO's deminers.
School children celebrate with APOPO's deminers.
APOPO's deminers and HeroRATs in Cambodia.
APOPO's deminers and HeroRATs in Cambodia.
#GivingTuesday is TOMORROW, be ready!
#GivingTuesday is TOMORROW, be ready!
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.
 
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