Today, the ASRI Clinic is crowded far beyond capacity. Patients have long waiting times for treatment, and in some cases must return another day. Moreover, the clinic lacks facilities to treat more serious injuries and emergencies, or to provide simple surgeries and inpatient care.
By expanding ASRI’s health services and sustainable alternative livelihood trainings, the new health center will help us take the next step forward in eliminating a significant driver of illegal logging in the National Park rainforest.
The building will also provide space for training people from all over the world for replicating this successful model. We are currently evaluating the Raja Ampat region of Indonesian Papua as our next site.
The ASRI project is a model for effective community-based conservation.
This may be our most important moment since our founding.