Radiant smiles, ears of corn, eye glasses and orangutans: Reflections on Gratitude

See a gallery of photos I took on the trip here:

Crossing the tarmac at Ketapang’s outpost airport, I am momentarily caught in a gulp of sadness. I follow my traveling companions Nichol Simpson (Health In Harmony’s Development Director) and Toni Gorog, Ph.D. (Health In Harmony’s Program Director) on board the 138-passenger Aviastar Airbus to "Fly Safe and Comfort" back to Jakarta where twenty-one hours later and a time zone or two, we’ll reach our homes in Oregon and California where winter awaits. My sadness is not because I’ve gathered up a ring of new friendships I wistfully leave behind, though that has happened, but because I know in the deep well of my heart that I’ve stepped across an invisible threshold and will never be the same again even though I know I don’t completely know how so -- yet.

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We are proud to announce that Dining for Women has designated Health In Harmony as its Featured Program for the month of September, 2012!

This grant will support Project ASRI’s Goats for Widows program, along with expanded training in “kitchen gardens” and nutrition.

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"Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders"-
Sound like Health In Harmony? We think so! On Monday, March 19, Health In Harmony founder & president Kinari Webb, MD, learned that we are finalists for the Ashoka Changemakers "Innovations for Health" Award!  We are so honored to have been selected as one of 15 finalists - out of over 370 applicants.

An infant being treated at Klinik ASRIWith our partners at Project ASRI, we at Health In Harmony are doing what some believe is the impossible. Our model changes the face of global health by partnering with communities, to provide quality healthcare in exchange for conserving the resources that sustain and nurture all of our lives. We love the idea of spreading the word about this excellent model.

Stay tuned for further updates this spring, as we attend the World Health Care Congress in Washington, DC, connect with other wonderful organizations, continue our work, and potentially become one of the three final winners.

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Orangutan Mother and Baby

Orangutan Mother and Baby. Photo by Sachi Oshima.

SAVING LIVES AND VITAL HABITAT ONE PRECIOUS STEP AT A TIME

At Health In Harmony, with our partner ASRI, we are forging a model that is measurably changing the face of global health and conservation. How? By saving lives and restoring vision at Klinik ASRI, while simultaneously working side-by-side with and training health care providers, traditional birth attendants, and midwives in exchange for restoring the rain forest, protecting critical orangutan habitat with community-based guardianship, teaching healthy, sustainable organic agricultural methods, and providing goats to widows. And, we are getting ready to build a beautiful community hospital that will serve as a center for conservation education, training, and a foundation for replicating the Health In Harmony model.

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Welcome Michelle Bussard, our new Managing Director

Kinari Webb, MD.            Photo by Stuart Webb

Please join me in welcoming our new Managing Director of Health In Harmony, Michelle Bussard, who brings over 20 years of experience managing leadership, conservation and community development organizations. Here are some highlights from conversations with her references: amazing leader, incredible integrity, stunningly organized, fabulous public speaker, kindest person I have ever known, passionate, willing to make hard decisions with compassion and grace. In just a few weeks of having the privilege of working with her, I fully agree and know we are so lucky to have her. We are building our team to get ready to take our model of combining human and environmental health to the next level!

Best wishes from ASRI,

Kinari Webb, MD

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Green Day 2012 a Success!

Green Day – an ASRI community event  to celebrate reforestation efforts - was an unprecedented success! On February 16, about 400 people came and each planted a seedling. High-ranking public officials planted side by side with school children. But more than the planting, the celebration of the forest was overwhelming: songs and poems performed, education about the species of plants and methods of planting, and then a tour of the replanted hectares showing all the progress since 2009.

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Outside Magazine ranks Health In Harmony in top 30 charities for citizen philanthropy!

Looking for a charity to donate to this Holiday Season?

Outside Magazine published the article A Year of Giving Adventurously in their November edition, listing their Top Choices for Citizen Philanthropy. Ranked as the 30 best -- smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success -- Health In Harmony is proud to have made the list!

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Update on HIH Founder, Dr. Kinari Webb

A letter from Alison Norris, President of our Board of Directors, regarding Kinari's recovery from a jellyfish sting may be viewed in PDF form here.

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Health In Harmony is hiring!

Health In Harmony's program work is expanding and we are looking for a qualified candidate to take on the role of Managing Director. Please see below for position details and how to apply. Or download the job description file and pass it along to other interested candidates:

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Global Giving Challenge

Global Giving Challenge Update

Health In Harmony's project ASRI met the initial 30 day - 50 donor - $4000 Challenge!

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Founder Kinari Webb prepares to visit the US this autumn to build awareness and garner program support.

For the past 4 years, Kinari Webb has spent the majority of her waking hours focused on the operations of HIH's ASRI program on the ground in Indonesia. This September, however, she will return to the States to tell us about the program's successes, trials, milestones and plans for the future. Join an event, or schedule Kinari as a keynote speaker at your event, to learn about the innovative approach HIH is taking in rural Borneo to reverse the depletion of natural resources through efforts that target the link between human and environmental health.

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Changing of the Guard

To All Friends of Health In Harmony:

We are writing to you to share exciting news about the future of Health In Harmony. Our organization has grown tremendously over the last four years and, as a result, we are changing our current structure to more fully meet our mission: to provide sustainable, long-term solutions that help individuals and communities while protecting the natural resources necessary for a healthy planet.

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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).

 

 

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Exciting news from London!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu is one of seven candidates shortlisted for the Whitley Gold Award 2011 (an accolade often described as wildlife conservation’s nearest match for a Nobel Prize). As a result, Hotlin has been invited to London next month for the final stage of judging and to meet HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the awards ceremony. For more information about the award visit www.whitleyaward.org and stay tuned.

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Reforestation, rice fields, and real life changes

Not long ago, Health In Harmony and ASRI founder Dr. Kinari Webb, was joined where she sat in the shade, admiring the forests of Gunung Palung National Park. A man approached, sat down, and sighed in satisfaction.

"That's my rice field," he said.

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Update from ASRI on organic farm training

Last week was full-up with organic farm training. Part of that was going out to the farms that the participants started after the last training. The participants all immediately adopted organic methods after the last training, and...the gardens are huge! There are so many vegetables being grown! And people are now really making money. They all say that organic fertilizer is not only cheaper but also more effective: their vegetables are growing much better than they used to. In one garden, the price of the ingredients for the organic fertilizer was $1 for 600 plants; previously they would have paid $26 for chemical fertilizer for a result that they say was not as good.

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Guest blog by Jessica Crawford

Having heard wonders about ASRI since beginning medical school at Yale in 2006, I am now delighted to be the first American medical student to participate in ASRI on the ground in Sukadana and other small villages around Gunung Palung National Park. Here are some of my reflections from an incredible six weeks in Indonesia.

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