Rainforests AND Communities
Health In Harmony works with communities who live near protected rainforests, 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.
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.
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.
Gunung Palung National Park
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
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
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
In 2020, we launched partnerships and programs to protect a vital portion of the Amazon rainforest – the Xingu River Basin. The Xingu is particularly important because the rain it generates feeds the entire Amazon, influencing global weather patterns and the climate. Lack of access to healthcare is forcing communities to permanently desert their ancestral lands for cities where health facilities exist. We work with Associação de Moradores da Reserva Extrativista Rio Iriri (AMORERI), Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and the Federal University of Pará Medical School to address communities’ displacement and rainforest destruction.