We often call our Journey to Borneo an opportunity to travel with a purpose. Visiting ASRI and Indonesia is an experience like none other, and, as this year's travelers say in the video at the bottom of this post - it will change your life. But why? What is it about seeing planetary health in action that makes such a difference?
Interview with Adam Phillipson, the Great Apes Program Officer at the Arcus Foundation, who visited our partner ASRI in May.
Guest blog by Arvian Heidir
Meet members of the ASRI team through this beautiful photo series by supporter, Arvian Heidir. Read More
I’ve just returned from my first visit to Indonesia, where our programs have been co-designed and executed by our Indonesian program partner, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI).
I met former loggers trained to be sustainable farmers and small business owners. I walked through rain forests regenerated and protected for the health of thousands of species and the planet. I explored the beautiful, recently constructed hospital, and met the men, women, and children who can access life-saving health care there every day thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Guest blog by Nicole Lin
I went on the Journey to Borneo with my parents, and though they have supported Health In Harmony for several years, I didn’t know very much about the organization or its connection to ASRI going into the trip and didn’t really know what to expect from it. That said, the trip was wonderful from start to finish and offered endless inspiration for me, a college student trying to figure out options for meaningful, fulfilling work after graduation.
Guest blog by Maggie Gumbinner
I’m often asked why I choose to spend my free time working for Health In Harmony from the many good organizations and causes out there. But, it all became very clear to me one day on the Journey to Borneo last year during a hike through Gunung Palung National Park.
Thank you for an amazing 2016! Your outpouring of support has inspired us to set big goals for the new year. We plan to continue strengthening the incredible programs at our partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), start replicating our model to other sites in Indonesia, and share our story of win-win solutions with the biggest audience yet.
We hope that you will join us in continuing to fight for a healthy planet with healthy people.
Guest blog by Leni Glassman
In August, ten-year-old Leni Glassman traveled to Borneo with her mother, father, and sister, to see Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), the program that her family has been supporting for years, in person. Now, Leni reflects on her experiences and the memorable people she met. Read More
#GivingTuesday is less than a week away, and this year, we want to make it easier than ever for you to save forests and save lives.
This weekend, the ASRI staff was all hands on deck to help with a BIG transition - moving the clinic into the new hospital building!
Over the past two weeks, a group of nine Health In Harmony supporters have been traveling around Sukadana in West Kalimantan, where our partner ASRI operates. On this trip, they've had the opportunity to meet members of the ASRI staff, see the rain forest that they helped reforest, talk to the patients whose lives were saved at the clinic, and watch the hospital grow before their eyes. Below, Health In Harmony Board Vice President and trip participant Maggie Gumbinner shares a series of beautiful photos from their journey. Next stop: Bali! Read More
Sitting on giant blue plastic tarps to protect from the ever-damp ground, I was among about 100 villagers in the chief's front yard, gathered to watch two new short films about to be projected onto a giant white sheet strung across the front porch. The films, about the relationship between human and environmental health and how the villages could benefit by taking care of both, starred some of their neighbors.
I was really nervous. I had produced and directed these films. Read More
Guest blog by Daniel Gavin
Just a month after receiving my undergraduate degree I took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Borneo rain forest as a research assistant in Gunung Palung National Park. For over a year I helped run Cabang Panti field station, traveled its many kilometers of trails, and helped the core data collection that streamed in from our dedicated staff, about fruiting patterns, animal censuses, and the dynamics of the trees and seedlings. The astounding biodiversity spread across seven distinct landforms and forest types meant “discoveries”, at least to this neophyte, every day.
Guest blog by Jo Whitehouse
Last year, I teamed up with Frances Boscacci, a wonderful person who has an open heart and believes that we all share this little boat called Planet Earth. She is from Nicaragua and passionate about helping others help themselves. Her smile would melt an igloo at 30 feet. She is also head of the International Program for the Rotary Club of Burlingame, where my husband is a long-time member.
Stuart Smith’s daughter, Alla Smith, volunteered at ASRI in 2013 while a medical student at Yale. After learning more about the organization through her experience, Stuart and his wife Cynthia Smith were inspired to begin donating, and in 2014 decided to sponsor the laboratory in the Community Hospital and Training Center.
This December, we challenged you to #SaveLivesInstead and you blew us away!
With donations STILL coming in, you have raised more than $148,000! We are so inspired by your commitment to the vision of a healthy planet with healthy people. This December, your average gift was $725, a $100 increase from last year.
Dr. Ronald Natawidjaja, one of the doctors who has served at ASRI since 2012, was recently accepted into his residency in general surgery, which will begin in January. We are so excited to offer heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Ron!
Richard Ramer found his way to Health In Harmony three years ago when his brother, Andrew Ramer, introduced him to Dr. Kinari Webb. Richard is the head of RAMER Architecture, Inc., an award-winning firm based out of Santa Monica, CA known for sustainable design and LEED certified projects.