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Chris, Andrew, and Bethany all recently sent you their stories of ASRI through which you most likely drew vivid images of birds, bikes, and botany in West Kalimantan. My story will not be as colorful, but my life has been altered with my progressive involvement in our organization, beginning with my six-week stint ASRI as a teaching physician in the fall of 2010.
Hello fellow ASRI volunteers! My name is Andrew MacDonald; I was a volunteer with ASRI from May to December in 2009. My experience there meant a lot to me, and I was delighted to be asked to write a letter to you all. — How in the world can I express what that time meant?…
by Bethany Kois – volunteer, runner, cyclist, and avid adventurer. As a past student of biology, Indonesia has long held a special place in my heart, both for its abundant natural beauty and for its vast biological resources. Located in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean, Borneo is the third largest island in…
After 5 years of life in Asia – 3 of which were spent at ASRI – being back stateside is strange.
No doubt, there is much to relish – rekindling spirits with family and friends, eating foods that don’t appear in Bornean village markets, driving a car anywhere at anytime of the day. But the most striking piece that I keep coming back to is the disconnect I feel here in anytown, America. I find myself wondering, where do we find
When I return, my home away from Sukadana will be a primitive two room roadside bungalow which is surrounded by a large yard where hundreds of tree seedlings and starter trees are propagated under net covers. I am up before daylight to assemble my gear for the morning count. Wearing my rubber snake boots, armed with binoculars and sound recording equipment I spend the early morning hours in the field recording bird sightings.
Kinari Webb is a physician who founded Health in Harmony to support her work in Indonesia and then, in 2006, co-founded Yayasan Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) in West Kalimantan with dentist Hotlin Ompusunngu. In this inspirational TedX talk, Kinari reveals how a near-death experience gave her a new outlook on life and the momentum to make her life whole again by providing quality health care to her community.
Human and environmental health are inextricably linked: healthy people create a healthy planet. When families must choose between saving a child or saving a rainforest, we all suffer. Health In Harmony provides a sustainable, long-term solution that helps individuals and communities to protect the natural resources that keep the planet healthy.
Healthcare is a powerful tool that enables individuals and communities to be healthy and to use their natural resources in more sustainable ways. Our approach makes it possible for families to pay for high-quality healthcare through conservation-oriented non-cash means; this approach is improving human health, reducing environmental destruction, and creating relationships that support long-term change. It is an exchange that benefits the whole planet.