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The ASRI Staff

Health In Harmony’s program partner, Alam Sehat Lestari, is an Indonesian non-profit co-founded by Dr. Kinari Webb, Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Dr. Antonia Gorog. The Indonesian name of the organization means “healthy nature everlasting,” and the acronym, ASRI, means, “harmoniously balanced.” ASRI oversees a variety of projects that engage local communities in integrating high-quality, affordable health care with strategies to protect biodiversity and natural resources.

These projects combine health care, conservation, environmental education, and training in alternative livelihoods and medicine in West Kalimantan, in order to protect the wellbeing of people, their environment, and our world. You can read more about unique experiences at ASRI through our blog.

ASRI found its beginnings in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where poor health and grinding poverty push villagers to engage in illegal logging in order to survive. When families must log tropical forests to pay for basic needs such as health care, the impacts are manifold: habitat for rare and endangered species like orangutans is destroyed; fields are flooded and crops destroyed; increased standing water increases the incidence of diseases like malaria and dengue fever; and the degradation of global air quality impacts all of us, across the planet.

ASRI’s works to provide an innovative solution through radical listening that empowers individuals to safeguard their health, while preserving the natural environment. ASRI’s current projects include, Klinik ASRI and Health Care, Forest Guardians, Reforestation, Sustainable Agriculture, ASRI Kids, and Goats For Widows.

You can learn more about ASRI’s progress in the Five-Year Survey of 1,400 households here.

Children from a village near Gunung Palung National Park who receive healthcare from Klinik ASRI | Photo by: David Werner

Children from a village near Gunung Palung National Park who receive healthcare from Klinik ASRI | Photo by: David Werner