Our vision: Healthy people. Healthy forests. Healthy planet.
Our mission: Reversing deforestation of tropical rainforests for planetary health
Health In Harmony embraces the links between human health, ecosystem health, and planetary health. These are our core principles:
We radically listen.
We trust community members to identify and solve the problems they face. First, we use radical listening to facilitate community discussions. With that knowledge, we can help identify root causes of poverty, poor health, and environmental destruction. Finally, guided by the community, we create consensus and practical solutions. This is the basis for lasting, meaningful change.
Our programs are community-led.
Our community partners develop and sustain all of our on-the-ground programs. They collaborate with us, as well as local government and NGO partners. Together, we create sustainable solutions that work.
We partner with local, regional, and international actors.
In fact, we work with anyone who has a stake in local, community-driven solutions.
Our outcomes are data-driven.
We are committed to understanding our impact. That's why our projects and programs are deeply rooted in monitoring and evaluation.
Our solutions are integrated.
Human health, ecosystem health, and planetary health are not separate. They are deeply connected. Therefore, we address the relationships between poverty, poor health, and environmental destruction. Click here to read more about our pilot program Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). In just over ten years, this project has already reduced logging, increased well being, and transformed the landscape. Your support will help us and create planetary health solutions in sensitive ecosystems around the world!
In 1993, Kinari Webb traveled to Borneo to pursue her dream of studying orangutans. There, she experienced the splendor of the rainforest. But she also saw that orangutans were losing their habitat at an alarming rate.
To protect the orangutans, she would need to listen to and work with the people who steward their habitat.
Kinari met many villagers who lived near the rainforest. In general, they lived in poverty and lacked adequate healthcare. What care they had was expensive, far away, and low quality. And she learned that these individuals often had no choice but to cut down trees to pay for treatment.
Kinari realized that their lack of access to care was driving deforestation.
Kinari went on to become a doctor. During her years of training, she decided to move to Indonesia full-time. She was determined to help people in rural Borneo get better healthcare, and also to conserve habitat and wildlife in the rainforest.
After founding Health In Harmony in 2005, Kinari returned to West Kalimantan in 2007.
Kinari searched to find a place with 1) a significant human health need, 2) viable forest under threat, and 3) an engaged local government. After traveling extensively around the region, she chose Sukadana. The city not only met these criteria, it was adjacent to Gunung Palung National Park (GPNP), an important habitat for orangutans.
Kinari, Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Toni Gorog established Health In Harmony’s pilot program, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), with conservation guidance and leadership from rainforest expert Dr. Cam Webb. Together they facilitated more than 400 hours of radical listening with the communities around GPNP. Guided by community needs, ASRI established medical and conservation programs that work in harmony with each other.
Today, Health In Harmony continues to support the program work, data collection, and research of its partner, ASRI.
Meanwhile, our goal is to establish new partnerships around the world. By listening to community needs, we can protect additional high-value ecosystems. We are also gathering evidence to prove the effectiveness of our unique model. As we grow, we are looking for new sites and hope to establish new programs that address both human and eco-system health. Health In Harmony has a small staff based in Portland, Oregon.
In 2008, Health In Harmony received the Mongabay “Innovation in Conservation Award”. We have been nominated for the Classy Awards twice, in 2014 and 2017. In 2014, Kinari won an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellowship and was selected as Rainer Arnhold Fellow by the Mulago Foundation.
We also partner with a variety of government groups and international foundations. Learn more about our supporters here.