Guest blog by Andrew MacDonald

Andrew with tree

Me with a tree, circa 2009

How in the world can I express what that time meant? It has been almost four years since I arrived at Sukadana, and my memories of it are still treasured and vivid: I can still recall many heartbreaks and joys from my time there. When I look back, I particularly recall certain things that were said to me -- words which, through the following years, would become symbols of my time in and around Gunung Palung. They are not direct quotations, of course (and my apologies to anyone who feels misrepresented!), -- nevertheless I want to share some of them with you, because I hope they will recall your own memories of why you loved your time with ASRI.

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Guest blog by Janice Winemiller

Do you know that I frequently go through my daily life doing my job, my tasks and even my social activities without deeply thinking about the significance of those moments and the words I hear and use.

Recently, while working on a Rotary grant for Health In Harmony and having to do rewrites, the words Health In Harmony began to sink in, to stare back at me. The significance of those words together began to have real meaning to me. They became powerful - A connection and code that brought inner harmony to my thinking about health and a greater appreciation of how our global environment impacts each of us.

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Guest blog by Dr. Abhimanyu "Manu" Uberoi

Extremely eager to embark on a once in a lifetime experience, I was elated when I found out I was accepted to the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, and even more excited that I got my first choice: Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). Once there, I was flabbergasted and able to appreciate what HIH/ASRI  is really about. During the first week, my jaw was nearly on the floor, as I was so impressed with the institution established. The complex, community centered, multifaceted organization with all its projects: the reforestation group, the Forest Guardians, the Goats for Widows project, organic farming, DOTs, and Clinic were all intertwined.

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Guest blog by Hotlin Ompusunggu, DDS and Alexandra Ristow

Photo by Nikki See for Undertold Stories.

Alexandra Ristow, a Yale Medical Student, shares her volunteer experience with the ASRI project in Sukadana, and I reflect on trust.

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Guest blog by Christina Fitch, DO, MPH

Myself (Christina) & ASRI clinic doctors

As a doctor, I work in several settings. But, the thing that everyone wants to talk to me about is my volunteer work with Health In Harmony (HIH). Likely this is because it is the component of my work that I feel most passionate about and it shows. Having just returned from six weeks in Sukadana, I am still radiating with joy at what we were able to accomplish and what I am at the heart of in my service to HIH as a member of our dedicated Board of Directors.

 

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Guest blog by Jessica Crawford

Having heard wonders about ASRI since beginning medical school at Yale in 2006, I am now delighted to be the first American medical student to participate in ASRI on the ground in Sukadana and other small villages around Gunung Palung National Park. Here are some of my reflections from an incredible six weeks in Indonesia.

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