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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

Community Stories

227 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stephanie AndMason E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have not personally dealt with this nonprofit. I love in America. Specifically in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. People here have no concept of land mines. Just in the movies. I don’t donate to anything here. The intended recipient never gets the money. Business owners and politicians keep most of it. But when I saw a show about these rats, I had to donate. And I fully believe all the participants in this endeavor are committed to helping people and committed to the rats health and happiness. I love this story. I sponsored 2 rats and bought my own plush HeroRat. I love you guys. I really do hope you run out of work to do soon though. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit Apopo operations in Morogoro and I was stunned by the wonderful work this organization is doing, not only by making the world a more peaceful place, but also supporting the local community and empowering women. I became a supporter ever since.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing team, crew, share, work, results...
Caring training, and happy posts.

Cassidy D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had a sponsored rat from Apopo for over 2 years and I love their organization. They’re doing amazing things and training my favorite animals to be heroes!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy to support a nonprofit that uses rats to save lives. I chose to "adopt" a rat that can detect tuberculosis.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I used to work for GlobalGiving.com and I had the privilege of hosting Bart Weetjens in Washington DC so he could give a talk about his work. I have supported APOPO and HeroRATs since 2009. I love your work!

Nicola P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I don’t quite remember when I started supporting the HeroRats but it was many years ago now. Later, I went to work in Tanzania and I arranged to visit their training site in Morogoro. Amazing animals and amazing people working with them.

The reason I am interested in them is from my visits to Cambodia, having seen the damage a mine can do to a person and having walked in areas with mine warning signs. I realised just how difficult it is for people living in those areas not to be able to cultivate that land and how tempting it must be to try. Now the HeroRats are making those areas safe. It’s fantastic work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring HeroRats for years. These rats have incredibly sensitive noses. They can sniff out TB more accurately than humans can detect it and they are faster and better in demining operations than either dogs or humans.

I went to their training base in Morogoro when I lived in Tanzania. The program is very thorough and well organised. The staff and the rats made a happy team.

They have been involved in so much good work these last few years! Fantastic organisation!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APOPO is doing an amazing job bringing people and animals closer to each other and helping to get rid of landmines and tuberculosis in the poorest regions in the world.

Becky Stanfield B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I"ve been an adopter for years and love every minute of it. I love the work they do, and all the updates I get on my rats!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing program and we loved our tour of their facility in Cambodia.

Cialline L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for apopo over the past years and it was one of my best experience. All the team is very friendly and dedicated to saving lives.

Liz G.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a vet nurse and always use Apopo's work with pouched rats to win over parents who are reluctant to let their children have a pet rat! I use it to point out how smart rats are and how they are saving lives, they should get the same respect as police sniffer dogs. Wearing my Apopo T-shirt I get lots of people asking about the charity, I wish more people knew about the amazing work Apopo do.

Amy S.15

Donor

Rating: 5

They do excellent work for mankind, AND they are an ethical and humane org that treats their animals helpers with lots of respect and love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful charity, giving the rats purpose and also a fantastic life. They are so well cared for as they put their training to good use to sniff out landmines and TB. Total heroes xxx

Denise P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visited here last year and glad I did the work they do is just beyond amazing. We were shown how they train the rats just brilliant. Were gonna visit again this year

Madeline G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you want to learn about the positive change happening in Cambodia, nd watch African rats detecting landmines (!) the apopo centre is a must-visit stop on your way back from Angkor Wat!

Sue A.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were amazed at what this charity is achieving. What a great bunch of people working hard to make the land safer for families. We ended up sponsoring a rat for a year to help achieve a mine free Cambodia.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Such an amazing cause! They do great work and take such good care of the rats. I love it!

Donor

Rating: 5

Unique charity that trains rats to detect mines and also TB! For a relatively small amount of money per month you can sponsor a named hero rat and get regular updates on their progress. Many of the countries involved have been left with fields full of unexplored ordnance that endangers the local population. The hero rats are too light to set off the mines. Their sensitive noses are also invaluable for detecting TB in sputum samples. The rats are well cared for and like other service animals seem to enjoy their work. I have only good things to say...a unique way to tackle two problems that have a devastating impact on communities...go on sponsor a hero

ashfault

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Apopo for many years. Their work clearing mines & detecting TB revolutionary & astonishing. What an amazing organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a Hero Rat because the work that APOPO does with mine detection and TB screening is revolutionary. The rats are cared for like royalty. The lives that they have saved through this program is amazing. I am proud to support APOPO in the work that they do.

Alasdair R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brilliant all the way.
Apopo's HeroRats programme is one of the best-run, best-presented, most friendly and informative charity ventures I've ever seen. Besides keeping up their vital work in detecting landmines and tuberculosis, they keep their donors involved, informed and entertained. I recommend them without reservation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came across APOPO during my work for the EVPA and got to know them as very focussed, sustainable and very keen on monitoring results and constantly improving their work. Great, reliable organisation!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APOPO is an awesome organization doing great work that is innovative and fascinating. Their commitment to educating people about their positive impact on the world is commendable.

Donor

Rating: 5

An organisation, whose members do a very great job! Not only the human members, also these hero-rats ... they can smell tuberculosis quite faster then the machines und they detect the mines, so that the humans can clear off, and the local african inhabitants are able to gain back their important land for their nutrition.
They are doing a real precious work of development of poor world countries, which I find the same important as doing something for our all environment and climate.
I love to donate at them. And for Christmas, I bought every year their presents for my family, like "clearing 30 ft land of mines" or "support the education of an hero-rat". Thanks they exist!

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Donor

Rating: 5

absolutely great organization und an important job the humans & rats are doing! I´m so glad, how many mines they had just detected and ho many square meters of land they can give back to the inhabitants in the worse mine-regions...

Arwen E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of APOPO when searching the internet for information on Gambian pouched rats. My 11 year old son is a massive fan of rats and we’d previously had pet rats. As we weren’t in a position to get pouched rats as pets we sponsored two with APOPO. The children both got a great welcome pack with lots of information on their sponsored rats. We get regular updates via email and I follow APOPO on Facebook & Twitter. I think that they are a fantastic charity who do extremely worthwhile work.

Trevor S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo Herorats is a wonderful nonprofit...many charities operate under very large umbrellas, but I love that Apopo is and has continuously been very focused on their own unique initiatives, which is using trained "hero" rats (African giant-pouched rats) to detect landmines (without hurting the rats!) and to detect TB in tissue samples. Studies have found the rats to be more effective that many others methods in both of these endeavors, and so the charity powerfully leverages the very unique capabilities of the animals, in a way that also shows a genuine commitment to the animals and their well-being. Apopo has a strong presence on their social media profiles and maintains a strong connections to their donors, highlighting both the personalities and "adventures" of their hero rats, as well as their achievements in helping people and communities around the world.

Rachel K.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo works diligently to better the lives of so many people and those adorable rats. I am a long time supporter and appreciate the way their team communicates how their funds are being used. I always learn something new when I read their posts and newsletter. This is a great organization that deserves the recognition. Thank you, Apopo, for all you do!

Kathy Gaidina H.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organisation is one of the most important peacemaker ever.
I'll do my best to support them to make a change.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Apopo because I think their work is of critical importance and value for local communities. I am happy each time I read about land freed from landmines and returned to the people.
Their TB detection unit is saving lives of thousands of people.
And last but not least, they are extremely careful about their rats and their wellbeing.

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?!

Donor

Rating: 5

These selfless volunteers go way beyond what is normal in an effort to train these hero rats to detect landmines.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rats for centuries have been misunderstood. It's beautiful to see these wonderful people working together with rats to help others abd save lives!! I support this company and everything they do to help others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing work helping thousands of people by detecting landlines and helping detect TB! They deserve the world! They're all amazing human being and rats!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APOPO is making waves in Cambodia, where the clearing of landmines is incredibly important. Important work, done effectively, affordably and creatively. Love it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Rats are amazing creatures and Apopo's track record speaks for itself. This organization is saving lives and helping rebuild war torn countries - what better cause is there? :)

Amyv17

Donor

Rating: 5

It's very hard to choose which non-profit organisation to donate to - they are all very worthy. But as a lover of rats and someone who wants to support the health and happiness of other people; I couldn't look past the HeroRats!

I adopted a rat for my mother-law (it certainly wasn't expensive in AUD), and APOPO sent her a beautiful digital adoption pack and information about how her rat, and his handler are working to seek out land mines in rural areas of South East Asia. They also work in Africa and and the Middle East.

I was also amazed at their ability to sniff out tuberculosis infections faster, cheaper and more accurate than a standard lab test - perfect for poorer communities! They also employ local staff, thus helping the economy and giving people a chance at a career.

They have a user friendly webpage, Facebook page and a smooth donation process, with all the organisation's information so you know you're donating to a real cause.

Obviously you should always look to help as many non-profits as you can, but for something that's less known and is having a major positive impact on the lives of humans and animals, I suggest APOPO HerRats!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

APOPO has done so much, with literally so little: little animals, that is!

(TBF, their pouched rats are big for their type of rat, but you get what I mean.)

Both with mine and TB detection, APOPO has saved goodness knows how many lives-- and will continue to do so, as long as we continue to stand by them.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are working extremely hard to train these rats and it's quite amazing. They deserve this!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing! Saving lives and giving a special species the opportunity to be the hero instead of the usual but mistaken villain!!! I love everything about this nonprofit. It is a winner all around!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that does wonderful work, takes good care of their rattie wards and I encourage my colleagues in animal welfare to support them

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm astounded by how much good they get done with every dollar. The rats are smart, and the people extra smart for seeing their potential.

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity has changed thousands of lives, at the heart of it all are these underrated animals that many people call vermin. I am a loyal donor, I make and sell pet rat beds and send in my profit. More people in the world need to be aware of Alpopo.

Donor

Rating: 5

Who are Hero Rats? "They are small but they are mighty...saving the humans from themselves"... I found out about Apopo Hero Rats when this peppy video showed up on my social media radar. The video's catchy lyrics by Perry Gripp and images the Apopo Hero Rats teams doing good works in much needed ways inspired me to learn more about the charity. Over the years, I went from just a fan, to a Hero Rat annual sponsor. This group is a reminder that when even the small and overlooked among us apply ourselves.... we can all make a big difference. Knowing that Apopo provides good jobs in faraway places... and helps make better communities for neighbors in need... makes it easy to want to share their story with others, and get involved personally to help them and their cause. "Give a cheer for the Hero Rats".

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Apopo works with much maligned rats to diagnose tuberculosis and sniff out land mines. It is amazing and life-saving work. Rats also get a chance to show they are like any other animals and that they have good traits. Lives have been saved and tuberculosis is being diagnosed and treated sooner than was previously possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like rodents very much... And when my daughter found Apopo, a charity that not only employs rats, making them useful and well-cared for, but - and that's amazing! - uses them for a very dangerous job, saving lives, both of bombs disposal engineers and of country people living near mined fields... I found it extraordinary. And if you think that research is more important... Other rats discover TBC from spit samples! So... every one has his/her own rat protector!