Health In Harmony’s (HIH) next phase is to expand the conservation and human health reach by replicating the model. Behind the scenes, HIH staff -- with input from our partner, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) and the HIH Board of Directors -- have been busy looking into possibilities and thinking about ways to effectively improve lives, reducing the pressure on protected areas and successfully conserve precious ecosystems. As that work continues, we wanted to take a moment to share with you one of the opportunities we are pursuing. But first, let’s talk about methodology.

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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.

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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?

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Guest blog by Art Blundell

Spectacular coral, one of many at Raja Ampat. Photo by Kari Malen 2013.

Spectacular coral, one of many at Raja Ampat. Photo by Kari Malen 2013.

According to mythology, long ago a woman found seven eggs. They hatched into a ghost, a woman, a stone, and four kings—one for each of the four large islands in the archipelago off the northwest tip of New Guinea.  And so the vast archipelago (about the size of New Hampshire & Vermont combined) came to be known as Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings. The area is now the largest marine park in Indonesia, the crown jewel of the world’s coral reefs.

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