One of the values that SRPS holds dear is being aware of what is going on in the community. A way in which we do this, is by putting our ear to the ground and finding out what projects are going on, how they work, and how we can be a part of them!
When Cho, the founder of SRPS, found out that APOPO had a new Visitor Center in Siem Reap, he decided to find out more about what they do, and take the SRPS team along! The Center offered our small team the chance to see the impact of landmines on the local community, and witness how the ‘heroRATS’ detect landmines.
Sothea and Sombatt, valuable team members at SRPS, said going to the Center was a real eye-opener. As Sombatt said ‘’who would have thought that a rat could do such an amazing thing?’’. Prior to going, they were not aware that Cambodia still has millions of undetected landmines throughout the country, particular along the Thai and Vietnam border. Mr. Sombath Meas, the very knowledgeable APOPO visitor guide, explained how the landmines ended up being in Cambodia, and offered a very comprehensive history.
The SRPS team would like to offer a huge thank you to APOPO Visitor Center and Mr. Sombath Meas for an unforgettable morning. For those who are in Siem Reap, whether you are Cambodian, an expatriate, volunteer or tourist, we would highly recommend visiting the APOPO Visitor Center.
For more about APOPO visit: https://www.apopo.org/en/contact-us/APOPO-Visitor-Center