Jul 18, 2019

JULY 18th BONUS DAY! Get more for your buck.

As we referenced in our last project update, Global Giving's July Bonus Day TODAY and we wanted to remind you of the opportunity to make your donation count for more, without any extra cost to you.


For TODAY ONLY from 09:00:00 ET to 23:59:59 ET your eligible donations from $100 to $1000 will be matched whilst $250,000 in matching funds remain. 


Your donations through Global Giving go directly towards supporting our HeroRATs as they carry out their lifesaving missions across the world. With so many countries still facing the threat of landmines and tuberculosis, your continued support is of great importance to us as we continue our fight against these indiscriminate killers. 


The work you fund goes to support people like Historia and you can read her story below:

"I remember growing up during the war. Those were terrifying times, so much violence, hatred, death, and destruction. I thought it would never end. When it was over in 2002 all we wanted was to return to normality. Instead, we found we could not go home because the land was not safe. Landmines were buried by the Angolan Armed Forces to defend the village of Quitexe. Paths, roads, fields and bridges had been mined. You’d think war was painful enough, so many people lost everything. Yet we continued living in fear of injury or death from a landmine or losing crucial livestock.

I am thankful for the work that APOPO and the HeroRATs have done. This community is finally safe. I am really happy and excited. Children play and go to school freely without us having to worry all the time. Safe access to the village also means more traders will come, allowing us to sell produce at good prices. I know that the future will be bright for us. Life in Quitexe is returning to normal. I hope that my youngest child will grow up not even knowing what a landmine is.”


On behalf of Historia, and all of us here at APOPO, thank you for your incredible support.


Historia's land is safe thanks to donors like you.
Historia's land is safe thanks to donors like you.
An Angola HeroRAT in the field.
An Angola HeroRAT in the field.
An Angola HeroRAT with trainer in the field.
An Angola HeroRAT with trainer in the field.
Jul 11, 2019

1,020 trees planted, thanks to your support.

Seedlings ready for transplantation.
Seedlings ready for transplantation.

Welcome to your quarterly project update - it's our pleasure to bring you the following information directly from the field:

Total number of trees planted:



The following species were planted:

200 x Bridelia micrantha (Misumba) 

166 x Acrocarpus

140 x Cinnamon

107 x Accacia

100 x Pinus

100 x Sedrela

65 x Syzigium guineense (Mizambarau Mwitu) 

39 x Avocado

30 x Clove

23 x Khaya anthotheca (Mikangazi)

20 x Teak

20 x Ficus sycomorus (Mikuyu)

10 x Jackfruit


The number of farmers who received training:

20 farmers in Ruvuma

20 farmers in Mgambazi

20 farmers in Tulo

20 farmers in Choma

10 farmers in Kisosa

The training provided to these farmers covered the collection of more indigenous seeds and seedlings, plucking them out into polythene bags or planting them directly into the field. Training also covered the testing of indigenous species purchased from farmers at Bustani ya Tushikamane in open nurseries, in addition to the transplantation of seedlings and the establishment of new seedlings.


Plans for the next quarter:

- Identification of more indigenous seeds or seedlings to establish in nurseries.

- Measuring the size of farmers' plots using GPS and an evaluation of their progress.

- Development of a new carbon curriculum. 

- Establishment of new spice and fruit tree seedlings with farmers from Choma.

- Plucking out indigenous seedlings following testing in the open nursery in Bustani ya Tushikamane.


To you, a huge thank you:

With your support this scheme has motivated farmers from all 5 areas to plant an incredible number of trees, safeguarding the forests of the Uluguru mountains. Your continued support for this project will help us continue in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, in addition to reducing poverty for local farmers, ensuring greater economic security. 


Transplantation is a delicate process.
Transplantation is a delicate process.
Farmer Abdalla tends to his trees.
Farmer Abdalla tends to his trees.
Jul 2, 2019

A Busy Quarter...

New HeroRATs for Angola (photo Allan Staley)
New HeroRATs for Angola (photo Allan Staley)

Another busy quarter has passed us by and we're delighted to bring you the following update.

Landmine Detection

This quarter was an exciting time as we celebrated not only International Landmine Awareness Day but also the accreditation of 9 new Mine Detection Rats for Cambodia. The rats arrived from Tanzania at the end of April and were warmly welcomed by the Cambodian team. 

The HeroRATs went through an intensive 6-week acclimatization and training period. This involved getting used to new sights, sounds and smells as well as getting to know their new Cambodian handlers and vice versa.

On June 12th-13th APOPO hosted representatives from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) Headquarters, our long-term implementation partner in Cambodia, for external double-blind testing of the freshly trained and newly imported MDR. The two days of testing were held on a test minefield prepared by the CMAC representatives.

The accreditation is “double-blind” because both rats and the handlers are unaware of where the targets are buried, which are known only to the representatives who had them marked on a map. Each of the rats had to search a box of 200 square metres, and all of them correctly indicated the targets within a one-meter radius, with not a single one missed. This reflects the high level of mine detection skill of the MDR and their handlers as well as the quality of the breeding and training at APOPO’s Headquarters and training centre in Morogoro, Tanzania. 

Tuberculosis Detection

In March we celebrated World Tuberculosis Day with a theme of 'It's Time'. 

We took a moment to consider how APOPO researches TB detection rats which are incredibly fast: one rat can screen 100 samples in just 20 minutes. We use our rapid rats as a “failsafe” – re-evaluating human sputum samples delivered from partner clinics. A sample indicated positive by a rat undergoes confirmation testing with internationally approved tests before the result is returned to the clinic. This approach helps to increase TB case detection by about 40%.

We also considered our other activities which are also very much centred around speeding things up: our motorbike sample referral systems in Dar es Salaam, Maputo and Addis Ababa, our rapid testing and result turnaround within 24 hours and prompt action to make sure newly diagnosed patients get on with their TB treatment immediately. Beyond that, a new study has started to find out whether our TB detection rats can identify TB earlier than conventional methods. 


As always, it's with your incredible, ongoing support that we and our HeroRATs are able to continue in their missions. Your support allows us to look to the future and develop new humanitarian applications for the rats’ powerful sense of smell.

With the future in mind, Global Giving's July 18th Bonus Day is fast approaching and we'll be participating - we hope you can too.

On 18th July ONLY Global Giving will be matching donations from $100 to $1,000 whilst $130,000 in matching funds remain. The higher your donation, the higher the match!

We'll also be participating in Global Giving's August Little by Little campaign from 12th to 16th August and where smaller donations up to $50 will be matched at 50% and higher. More on that to follow!

From all of us here at APOPO - thank you for your support.

A Landmine Detection Rat (photo Allan Staley)
A Landmine Detection Rat (photo Allan Staley)
A TB Detection Rat
A TB Detection Rat
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