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Rainforests AND Communities

Health In Harmony works with communities who live near protected rainforests in Indonesian Borneo and Madagascar, providing healthcare, agricultural training, alternative livelihoods, and more. Our programs are a pathway for communities to stop logging, which allows rainforests to breathe and helps stabilize the climate.

Healthcare

Health In Harmony supports partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) to run a fully functional medical center that treats many thousands of patients each year. The communities’ key innovation is a “green credit” system – patients from villages that reduce illegal logging receive discounts up to 70% on healthcare services. Patients can also pay with seedlings, handicrafts, manure, and more, ensuring care is always accessible.

Agriculture

Farmers near Gunung Palung National Park were dependent on destructive “slash-and-burn” agriculture and asked for training in organic farming. Using more efficient and eco-friendly methods, families are now able to grow more produce and sell the surplus for additional income, without having to clear more land or use harmful chemicals.

Community Empowerment

What started as a community healthcare and conservation initiative in Gunung Palung National Park has now grown to include social and economic programs like: Chainsaw Buyback, Goats for Widows, Community Education, Kitchen Gardens, and Forest Guardians.

Gunung Palung National Park

Indonesia

Since 2007, Health In Harmony has collaborated with the ASRI Medical Center, an Indonesian-run organization, and communities around Gunung Palung National Park, to create and implement programs that support human health, economic development, and environmental conservation. The projects at our flagship site have reduced logging, increased wellbeing, regenerated rainforest, and created a global warming solution that also uplifts people.

Photo: Stephanie Gee

Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park

Indonesia

In 2018, Health In Harmony and ASRI
launched a second site in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. This park is a critical release site for rehabilitated orangutans for our partner International Animal Rescue. It is nearly twice the size of Gunung Palung National Park and faces similar threats such as slash-and-burn agriculture, hunting, and logging. After Radical Listening, we initiated communities’ requests for reliable, affordable healthcare and training in sustainable agriculture.

Photo: Stephanie Gee

Manombo Special Reserve

Madagascar

In 2019, with rainforest communities, local nonprofits, and renowned conservation organizations, we launched programs in the Manombo Special Reserve, a 14,300-acre protected area in southeast Madagascar. The reserve is home to nine species of lemur, all of which are endemic to Madagascar and threatened by extinction. We address the challenges of access to high-quality healthcare, resilient and adaptable farming techniques, and, most urgently, hunger, allowing communities to live in balance with this precious rainforest.

Photo: Kelsey Hartman

Xingu River Basin

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Health In Harmony is assessing the possibility of expanding to a fourth site in the Xingu Basin of the Amazon rainforest, where lack of healthcare access drives deforestation. This ecosystem is key to the global climate. Without a holistic solution, it is on the verge of collapse.

Photo: Neil Palmer

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