- operate a healthcare clinic for the 30 communities surrounding one of the Bornean orangutan’s remaining habitats, Gunung Palung National Park.
- incentivize communities to prevent and reverse deforestation by offering reduced healthcare fees.
- employ locals to run a variety of conservation programs to offer alternative livelihoods to extractive forest industries.
- work with local schools to provide conservation education to elementary schoolchildren.
We might hear about an upcoming semiannual meeting of the Forest Guardians (not, as George thought, a group of characters from Game of Thrones) and how the pharmacy’s one little fridge is on the fritz again, or organize rides to the following day’s midwife training in a nearby town and discuss next steps for the recently-burned reforestation site in Laman Satong.
My work is more disparate and still, I think, taking shape. So far I’ve dipped my toes into a number of projects – from tagging along on ASRI Kids conservation education trips and undertaking an experiment in which we’re hoping to cultivate edible mushrooms on organic waste, to looking for new literature on various topics relevant to ASRI’s grant-writing and learning as much as possible about how the organization operates.
I’m hoping that channeling these observations and experiences by writing about various ASRI- and Sukadana-related topics, as I am here, can in some way be of value, too.
*From Bahasa Indonesian, Alam Sehat Lestari translates to “nature, healthy everlasting”. For more information about ASRI, check out Health in Harmony's website. Health in Harmony provides fundraising, marketing, communications, and infrastructural support to ASRI.