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Apopo Us Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Ukraine

Mission: Apopo us plans to raise funds in the United States to, among other things, support the charitable and humanitarian purposes of Apopo vzw. Apopo vzw is a Belgium-based social enterprise whose mission is to develop and implement detection rats technology to provide solutions to pressing humanitarian problems. Apopo vzw currently uses detection rats to detect mines and tuberculosis and continues to research other possible rat scent detection applications that would makethe human race safer and healthier. Apopo's vzw's vision is to solve pressing humanitarian challenges with detection rats technology. Apopo us will work to forward Apopo vzw's charitable objectives by building financial, media and operational support among the us public for Apopo vzw's field activities across the globe so that it ultimately can save and improve more lives. Apopo us will also engage the us audience through educational and informational programs designed to raise awareness in the us about Apopo vzw's mission an

Programs: Apopo has set new major targets for increasing its social impact in countries affected by landmines and tuberculosis, expanding its range of services to its beneficiaries, further leveraging the collaboration with local and international partners and developing new humanitarian applications for the detection rats.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

It's hard to put into words how much I love Apopo and its HeroRats. Making use of the extraordinary sense of smell and intelligence of this species of rat is helping to safely clear land minds; rapidly and effectively detect tuberculosis; and help in the battle against trafficking of endangered animals. It's one of the few organizations to which I donate monthly and deserves recognition for its work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an inspiring and innovative non profit. I visited their visitor centre in Cambodia a couple years ago and was so impressed to learn about everything these incredible rats (and the volunteers training and working with them!) do. Highly recommend the “rat adoption” option as a gift idea for a loved one.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely incredible work— what a special and important nonprofit!

Donor

Rating: 5

My cousin introduced me to this nonprofit a few years ago, and I’ve been following it ever since. I adopted one of the rats for a year to support the cause, and found out how much amazing work they do. They truly are saving lives. It’s an amazing nonprofit that I’m proud to back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do these smart critters save lives and create jobs, they educate and shift preceptions to understanding and compassion. Apopo do remarkable things!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following this organization for years. What they achieve is nothing short of miraculous. They deserve funding and assistance to rid the earth of land mines left by irresponsible war-makers, and also to detect tuberculosis quicker and faster than any other method.

Sheila I.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Apopo is amazing. It is incredible how they train the rats to literally save lives by clearing the farmland of mines, and the TB illness. I have supported them for a few years now and find that they ask for support without being too pushy and not too often.
They are very precise and clear and open about how they treat the rats and the staff always look so happy. I have nothing but praise for this organization! Thank you to them for all that they do! Bravo!

Manoli M.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is outright wonderful - their impact on Asia and the world has been so large, and the methods they implement are innovative to say the least.

On a more personal note, my heart will forever be touched by the likes of Magawa and the rest of these Hero rats.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this place, those rats are amazing and very smart and clever at what they do.
Keep up the great work Appopo, you are making a huge difference around the workday

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this charity! Rats are so smart, kind, curious, and affectionate. It is wonderful that APOPO is using our rattie friends to help humans, once again. We use rodents to experiment on and because of them, humans have effective medicines and other medical interventions. Kuddos to everyone who donates and works as a volunteer, to shine a light on how special Rats are and how they support and save human lives every day!

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best out there; what they’ve accomplished in Cambodia and Africa is amazing. Between landmine detection and detecting TB, Apopo and their trained ratties do wonderful work. Highly recommend.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Hero Rats do amazing work. They are able to safely detect land mines in areas that have been damaged by war. This allows areas cleared of land mines by the hero rats to be used again by people and animals who desperately need it. They can detect tuberculosis faster than a clinical test. According to the WHO, “ Worldwide, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS).” The hero rats can detect TB without a clinical test, saving precious time that can be used to treat patients suffering from TB. The hero rats are also easier to transport to smaller, more remote communities, allowing access to TB tests for communities that can’t afford to travel to a hospital without knowing for sure that they need treatment. I have admired the hero rats for years. They truly are heroes.

Donor

Rating: 5

I “adopted” Magawa and really loved the experience
I enjoyed getting the monthly progress reports and knowing that my donation was having an impact. I really appreciate the donor engagement Apopo does with their special webinars; keeping donors up to date on different initiatives they are working on.

Stephanie R.10

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this charity! I donate frequently and talk about it with everyone. Such cute, intelligent rats! Very creative to share their advantages for something good. The rats are treated very well too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Apopo is an amazing organization that supports Hero Rays to use their intelligence and curiousity to sniff out disease and land mines. This important and life-saving organization is necessary to improve the wellbeing of our environment and people’s health. These rats are amazing affectionate, smart and clean animals that defy any stigma. I confidently recommend and support this organization as a worthwhile cause to support and share!

Donor

Rating: 5

I adore this organization, even though I’ve only been able to donate once. I’m looking forward to one day being able to support them again.


Thinking about the good they do making the world safer for everyone (with a healthy side of loving rats) makes me so happy. My own pet rats light up my life so it’s not uncommon for me to stop by their site and read all about the hero rats and their coworkers’ hard work.

Heike J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating for more than year now and I have the greatest respect for their work!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have tremendous respect for the work APOPO does and their accountability and transparency to all donors. It feels good to contribute because you are given a full accounting of where your money is going.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When people think about rats in history they probably think about plague, poverty and epidemics and I was basically one of them. And one day I discovered Apopo in a documentary; Even now, when I'm writing these words, I'm smiling, thinking about how this project is really changing life for so many people, thinking how these rats became my new heroes. These animals are trained to detect landmines (don't worry, they're too light to activate landmines mechanisms) and they do it so quickly! Mozambique is now a landmines free country thanks (for a part) to these little animals and their trainers who found and deactivate more than 13,274 of these death devices. Pushing their potential even further, they're now being able to detect Tuberculosis in samples. One rat can evaluate in ten minutes more samples than a lab technician can do in one day. It takes months to educate a rat to perform these tasks but it really worth the investment. Around 80 USD a year to train and feed a hero rat, it's far cheaper than Iron Man's armor or Batman's equipment and it is way more effective.

Review from #MyGivingStory