Last month, midwestern natives Jackson and Sara Helms moved to Borneo to work with our partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). Jackson, ASRI's new Conservation Director, served in the Marine Corps for five years and now has his PhD in Biology from the University of Oklahoma. Sara, Health In Harmony's new On-Site Partnership Coordinator, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Studio Art in 2014, and spent two years teaching at an elementary school for at-risk youth before moving to Borneo.
This week, we interviewed them to learn about their new roles and what they hope to accomplish during their time in Sukadana. Sara has also taken over our Instagram this week - click here to follow along and see what their day-to-day looks like!
Awakening to the timbre of roosters crowing up the dawn that blushes over the steamy landscape, my western-world mind takes a moment to settle. As familiar as I’ve become with Sukadana, a small village of 2,200 sitting on the edge of one of the world’s largest islands, Borneo, it never ceases to humble and inspire. In a world starved for real connections, where texts, tweets, Facebook, Myspace, and a myriad of apps substitute, ASRI stands as a beacon of hope and bastion of true human-to-human connection.
“A young girl came in once to the ASRI clinic—she had the worst case of scabies I had ever seen. We diagnosed her in about 5 minutes and treated her and her entire family for $2, because they came from a “green” village. A Yale medical volunteer who happened to be doing research asked them about their medical bills. They had spent $500 on their daughter’s care. They had gone to other doctors, multiple nurses, and the traditional healer several times, and nobody was able to treat her.”
- Dr. Kinari Webb, Founder of Health In Harmony and ASRI