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Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu, cofounder of Health In Harmony’s partner program, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), received global recognition, when she won a prestigious Whitley Award, presented by HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne).
The Whitley Fund for Nature grants the award, acknowledged as one of most valuable accolades a conservationist can win. The award recognizes Ompusunggu as one of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and provided £30,000 to support ASRI’s work benefiting both wildlife and local communities. Ompusunggu‘s Program ASRI and partner, Health In Harmony, work to improve the health and well-being of rainforest communities while safeguarding a globally important habitat for gibbons, hornbills and orangutans, among many other species.
WFN’s director, Georgina Domberger, said of Hotlin’s work:
“…this year’s judges were particularly impressed by the numbers of villagers whose lives are being improved by ASRI’s healthcare services, the interest communities are showing in becoming rainforest guardians and by the brighter prospects this offers for the region’s people, natural resources and biodiversity.”