Forest Guardians meeting

Forest Guardians

ASRI’s Forest Guardians are the bridge that connect local villagers to all of our programs. Each of the 30 Forest Guardians are respected members of their community, nominated to the post by village leaders and then vetted and trained by ASRI staff.  For example, Forest Guardians learn how to work … Read More

Kitchen Gardens program participants

Kitchen Gardens

Kebun Keluarga (Kitchen Gardens) is a prime example of women’s economic empowerment in conservation. This program works with women who live around Gunung Palung National Park, teaching them how to cultivate the small plots of land they manage next to their homes. In 2018, almost 325 women participated – and … Read More

Planetary Health campers surveying the forest

ASRI Kids and ASRI Teens

ASRI Kids educates the next generation about the importance of protecting the rainforest through a fun curriculum. Fifth graders learn about Planetary Health topics ranging from nutritious eating and hand washing, to wildlife and ecosystems, to sustainable living — and some even get the opportunity to see orangutans and their … Read More

Goats for Widows program participant Ibu Sba caring for her goats

Goats for Widows

Traditionally, in rural Borneo, wives whose husbands have died are left with few options for making a living. Community leaders requested our partners at Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) create the Goats for Widows program to empower these women and give them economic independence. Goats not only provide vulnerable families with … Read More

Agus Novatio, Chainsaw Buyback Program Coordinator, with some of the 100+ chainsaws taken out of circulation by the program

Chainsaw Buyback

After 10 years of ASRI’s healthcare and community programs, household participation in logging in GPNP had dropped by 88%. The remaining loggers were completely dependent on logging and knew  no other way of making a living. That’s why ASRI launched a business development program in 2017 called Chainsaw Buyback: to … Read More

Treating an infant at ASRI Clinic

Saving Rainforests with a Stethoscope

In 2018, 4,894 individual patients accessed healthcare at ASRI including general medical treatment, dental care, maternal and child care, and more. During the year, patients paid for healthcare with over 18,000 rain forest seedlings of 59 species. Patients also paid for healthcare with handicrafts, livestock manure, and rice hulls which … Read More

Dewi Susandi, midwife and community health worker in Beloyang Juoi village, near Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR)

Dewi, Midwife of the Forest

In just a month, midwife Dewi Susandi has helped transformed the village of Beloyang Juoi. A mother herself, Dewi understands first-hand the difficulty that comes with bringing a new life into the world. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she suffered from pre-eclampsia, high blood sugars, and a premature … Read More

Organic gardening demonstration

Grow Your Own: ASRI’s Organic Gardening Programs

Have you ever heard of a hospital that grows its own vegetables? Our partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) not only grows trees to plant in the rainforest – they also grow fruit and vegetables!  ASRI’s garden, which is currently being re-designed and expanded, also showcases organic gardening techniques to families who … Read More

Former ASRI Executive Director Monica Nirmala with her successor, Nur Febri Wardi

ASRI Celebrates its New Executive Director

Our partners at Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) needed a large sign to commemorate this important occasion. Not wanting to buy a plastic banner or a whiteboard made of plastic, they found an old plank – part of the crate that once contained ASRI’s X-ray machine – and painted it black. … Read More

Girl plants seedling as a part of ASRI's reforestation program in Indonesia.

We Are Defying a Global Trend

We have received strong evidence that our work in partnership with Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) is preventing and reversing deforestation in Gunung Palung National Park. Just this week, new research conducted by ASRI staff revealed that deforestation in Gunung Palung has slowed significantly. Summing up their findings, the authors wrote: “Community empowerment, … Read More

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