Thanks to so many donors, supporters, and friends, our flagship partner ASRI celebrated their 10th anniversary on July 13th. To mark this incredible occasion, ASRI hosted an open house and festival on hospital grounds. Read More
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.
This weekend, Health In Harmony's incoming Executive Director, Jonathan Jennings, joined the Board and Staff at our annual retreat in Stevenson, WA. Jonathan had the opportunity to spend the weekend learning more about our organization as we look to the year ahead, and thoughtfully shares his reflections below. He currently serves as Deputy Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders, Canada with over 15 years of experience managing relief and development projects around the world. He also has a BA in Biology, MS in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology, and MA in International Politics and Security. He will officially begin working at Health In Harmony at the end of January.
Guest blog by Felona Gunawan
Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if I never moved to the United States. It was partly to satisfy this curiosity that I decided to go to Sukadana, Indonesia for my rotation as a Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar. I was both nervous and excited. Nervous because I was not sure what to expect: will people still be able to understand my elementary level Indonesian? Have the social and political climates changed much from when I moved in 1999? How much can a doctor with Western training that depends so much on technology contribute? Thankfully, a lot of these fears quickly dissipated soon after my arrival in Sukadana. Not necessarily because these challenges were not present, but more so because of the amazing and dedicated staff and community. Moreover, my experience in Sukadana has allowed me to reconnect with the humanitarian aspect of medicine that is often lost in the practice of Western medicine.
If you are like me, then you too are proudly watching as the Community Hospital and Training Center (CHTC) rapidly approaches completion.
If you are like me, you love hearing stories from community members and volunteers about how the projects at ASRI are affecting them directly and changing the way they see the world.
If you are like me, you are also looking at the future wondering, how can we do more?
Wow! It’s been ten years since Health In Harmony started. I still find that very hard to believe. Ten years ago in February, Cam Webb (currently ASRI's Conservation Advisor) and I were in Aceh helping after the tsunami and we were horrified to see not only the trauma, but how few of the non-profits were listening to communities.
ASRI's Community Hospital and Training Center continues to roll along here in Sukadana as we enter our third month of construction. So far, progress has been stunningly smooth, with the overall timeline tracking ahead of schedule and far fewer headaches than you would normally expect for a project of this size and complexity. We can all confidently attribute the project's preliminary success to the commitment and dedication of the design and management teams, as well as the positive and transparent relationship with the contractor.
Alice Prussin is the Founder of Illuminosa Design. She serves as a member of the Health In Harmony Board and has been a critical member of the hospital design team. Learn more about her invaluable contribution to ASRI’s Community Hospital and Training Center!