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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change. APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia.

Target demographics: save lives and limbs from deadly landmines and Tuberculosis

Geographic areas served: Tanzania, Mozambique, Thailand, Angola, Cambodia, Laos PDR and Vietnam

Programs: Mine clearance operations and Tuberculosis detection

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198 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about this charity because a friend had a pouchie. They are helping rid the world of landmines, and are also doing very interesting work on TB detection.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APOPO is one of those charities which gives so much for so little. To think that little old rats could trained to save so many lives. The administrative staff have been so helpful too when I’ve been in contact. Just fantastic!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing innovative informative charity. How wonderful to be pioneering life saving solutions using the wonderful intelligent Gambian rats

bbrueggi

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported HeroRats for many years now, with a small monthly donation. They‘re doing great work - diligently, with stealth and enthusiasm.

They make our world a better place. Thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting for years - clearing landmines is a worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brilliant idea, wonderfully executed. They save lives, they save money, they train animals (good for animals and people). I am really impressed by this group!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Brilliant idea, wonderful people running things. My favorite ngo. I adopted a rat and am so glad to be part of this effort.

Vera T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about this idea of rats sniffing land mines from my friend : colleague at work. She received the donation as a Christmas present. Since that moment I couldn’t get it out of my head and started searching for it. I found APOPO and immediately fell in love with the idea of being an adoptive parent of this smart little creature :) I also gave it to my boyfriend as a Christmas present so the happiness doubled. Since then we both have been following APOPO’s great work and deployment, it is really something admirable. Keep it up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am inspired by APOPO's innovative approach - using rats! It's so great to see how this creativity can contribute to solving the terrible problems of landmines and TB in Africa and Asia. Anyone who is interested in / concerned about how the rats are raised and trained should have a look at the website for more information about how well-cared for they are - and of course their amazing work. Heroes indeed.

Bernarde D.

Donor

Rating: 5

My favourite charity! The approach to mine and tuberculosis detection is so creative, effective and efficient. Good luck my 4 and 2 legged friends

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity combines an ingenious idea with an excellent execution : to use small, easy to train and transport rats -that are much maligned in many societies- to sniff out landmines and diseases like TB. It delivers high value to local communities as it liberates mine infested farmland and roads and also creates local jobs working with the organization. It saves many lives. It opens perspectives in rural communities.

Dani10

Donor

Rating: 5

Hands down APOPO is my favorite charity. They train Hero Rats to sniff out dangerous landmines. By utilizing the teamwork between these smart rodents and their handlers, APOPO saves lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing nonprofit trains rats to sniff out land mines, clearing areas that would otherwise be deadly to tread on. The rats are incredibly intelligent and down right cute. The trainers are dedicated. It is a wonderful cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fear sees rats as the enemy. Love sees rats as companions. APOPO sees rats as heroes. Any organization that can help change people's perceptions of rats gets my vote!

Florian G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their adoption system is very nice and gives donors a sense of involvement. The idea of using these rats is generally great and a cost effective way to do a much needed job.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter found this charity on internet, and she decided to sponsor a HEROrat. As she likes to say, this is a winning idea on many fronts: most important, it saves lives, either by "sniffing" TBC or bombs (and not risking the rat's one!). Then, it creates jobs for those who train rats, and care for them; and, as a side effect, it is a way to rehab rats! And all this in the same project!!! I always liked little mice, and I am very happy that this way many people get to know them and appreciate!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do HeroRats save lives, but they also show rats in a positive image!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a veteran of our Vietnam war. I feel deeply that we put civilian lives in danger for generations and that we all must support the work to remove these explosives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Herorats do extraordinary work with a humble approach and phenomenally wide impacts. Cultural norms dismiss rats but their work illustrates their value and the strength of overcoming such cultural norms. The trainers are heroic too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Apopo has done great work in Mozambique and Cambodia clearing mines and has also been highly effective in training rats to detect tuberculosis.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are saving lives from mutilation with the help of some smart creatures. Bravo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great results with limited resources. Very effective and helping people every day by removing mines in war-torn areas.

Erin105

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are doing such good work. These animals are so amazing. Not only able to sniff out landmines but also able to detect TB.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people and their beautiful animals are performing such a noble and important service.

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo is inspiring in so many ways; the integration of biology, conservation, humanitarianism, poverty reduction, and ecologically-minded solutions to man-made problems combine to create an organization to which I am genuinely proud to call myself a donor. I am eager to see where these miraculous rats and their tireless, dedicated trainers will go in the future, and feel privileged to be a small part in their journey as they work to make the world a better place. Apopo is really an organization that makes me see how great humans are capable of being. ...plus, those rats: how cute are they?!