Forest Guardians meeting

Forest Guardians

ASRI’s Forest Guardians are the bridge that connect local villagers to all of our programs. Each of the 30 Forest Guardians are respected members of their community, nominated to the post by village leaders and then vetted and trained by ASRI staff.  For example, Forest Guardians learn how to work … Read More

Kitchen Gardens program participants

Kitchen Gardens

Kebun Keluarga (Kitchen Gardens) is a prime example of women’s economic empowerment in conservation. This program works with women who live around Gunung Palung National Park, teaching them how to cultivate the small plots of land they manage next to their homes. In 2018, almost 325 women participated – and … Read More

Planetary Health campers surveying the forest

ASRI Kids and ASRI Teens

ASRI Kids educates the next generation about the importance of protecting the rainforest through a fun curriculum. Fifth graders learn about Planetary Health topics ranging from nutritious eating and hand washing, to wildlife and ecosystems, to sustainable living — and some even get the opportunity to see orangutans and their … Read More

Goats for Widows program participant Ibu Sba caring for her goats

Goats for Widows

Traditionally, in rural Borneo, wives whose husbands have died are left with few options for making a living. Community leaders requested our partners at Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) create the Goats for Widows program to empower these women and give them economic independence. Goats not only provide vulnerable families with … Read More

Agus Novatio, Chainsaw Buyback Program Coordinator, with some of the 100+ chainsaws taken out of circulation by the program

Chainsaw Buyback

After 10 years of ASRI’s healthcare and community programs, household participation in logging in GPNP had dropped by 88%. The remaining loggers were completely dependent on logging and knew  no other way of making a living. That’s why ASRI launched a business development program in 2017 called Chainsaw Buyback: to … Read More

Dewi Susandi, midwife and community health worker in Beloyang Juoi village, near Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR)

Dewi, Midwife of the Forest

In just a month, midwife Dewi Susandi has helped transformed the village of Beloyang Juoi. A mother herself, Dewi understands first-hand the difficulty that comes with bringing a new life into the world. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she suffered from pre-eclampsia, high blood sugars, and a premature … Read More

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