ASRI Wins Prestigious Kalpataru Award

A house in West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.

Our partner ASRI’s Community Hospital and Training Center is more than 75% complete, poised to serve over 100,000 people living in the Kayong Utara Regency. This hospital will allow ASRI to offer surgeries and treat emergency patients so that nobody needs to be transferred to the public hospital hours away. Check out the latest photos of construction progress courtesy of visiting photographer Roni Bintang. Thank you to all of our supporters who’ve made this dream possible!

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This month Health In Harmony Research Director, Bethany Kois, interviewed Dr. Gill Westhorp, an Australian researcher who is designing the realist approach survey to evaluate our model at Project ASRI. Read More

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June’s latest and greatest reads on deforestation, global health, and everything in between.

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Guest blog by Jessie Kittle

Seven years of advanced and expensive training in the US has prepared me to be an attending in a few months. Particularly in my practice setting, expensive and complex interventions are the norm and sometimes benefit the patient. I’ve recognized throughout the years that the system that shaped me has some serious flaws. Health care access is often disparate, and we spend more time facing the computer than our patients. Futile care at the end of life and over-utilization of expensive interventions are common, and the bankrupting of patients occurs regularly (and beyond the view of doctors who contributed). I have sometimes felt my passion for this version of doctoring wane, and I came to ASRI seeking the holistic ideal of connecting with patients and improving the community with my practice.
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May’s latest and greatest reads on deforestation, global health, and everything in between.
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Spring has sprung, folks! The roses in our Portland gardens are blooming and so are our ideas about how to maximize impact and guide Health In Harmony programs toward greater effectiveness. With our whole staff together in Portland, we thought now would be an excellent time to introduce our Research Director – Bethany Kois – the lady charged with evaluating Health In Harmony’s programs.

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Last August, Cargo Inc, located just blocks from our office in SE Portland, invited us to participate in an art show in their beautiful brick warehouse. The shop is mesmerizing, expertly decorated with trinkets from all over the world – strings of fabric elephants, bowls of bright blue evil eye beads, flowing tunics, and an entire basement full of rustic furniture.
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The final post in our Volunteer Appreciation Month series! An interview with Jeff Wyatt, who has been a donor, volunteer, and Board Member at Health In Harmony – someone that we are so thankful to have in this organization. His unique journey with Health in Harmony is a testament to his commitment to a healthy planet with healthy people. Interview edited for length and clarity. Read More

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Guest blog by David Woodbury

This is a story where I try to trace what left me squatting in a dark bathroom full of large spiders, in a house without electricity, on the edge of the rainforest, after an evening meal in a Dayak household (an ethnic group who are the native people of Borneo). **Note: I will star every time I consumed something questionable. Read More

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Almost 10 years after ASRI was founded, the number of loggers living outside of Gunung Palung National Park is down to ±180*, a significant decline from an estimated 1,300+ in 2007. At this point, the ASRI staff knows each of the remaining loggers personally and is working to find solutions that are tailored to each logger’s needs.
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As Indonesia’s forests vanish from logging and fires, the future of our planet continues to hang in the balance. Reforestation can go a long way to solve this problem.
Reforestation, however, is not just a matter of planting trees. When you learn about the challenges in research and monitoring, and what can be done to save the forests of Indonesia, you’ll see why we need your help now.
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Guest blog by Alex Domingo

The second reflection in our Volunteer Appreciation Month series! Stay tuned for a new post from volunteers each week in April. Read More

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Following my very first trip to ASRI in February 2012, I wrote: “Standing in the gigantic buttress of a Dipterocarp tree while around me other tall slender trees swayed like metronomes heralding the swing of the great ape and its cousins, I knew I was now improbably connected through my heart and in the soles of my feet to these people and this rainforest for the very air I breathe.” Read More

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Guest blog by Kenny Morford

Have we told you how awesome our volunteers are? In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we are dedicating April to recognizing the contributions of these amazing individuals who travel from all over the world to save forests and save lives in Sukadana. Our work would not be possible without them and we are incredibly grateful for their generous service. Stay tuned for a series of reflections from volunteers throughout the month! Read More

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March’s latest and greatest reads on deforestation, global health, and everything in between. Read More

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Last August, when I visited ASRI for the first time, I had the opportunity to spend a day with the Harapan Baru (meaning “New Hope”) farmers group. They taught me how to make a batch of liquid fertilizer, using some local ingredients that though readily available in Borneo, many of us in the West have never heard of.

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Slash and Burn farming techniques are known for their destructive qualities, but rainforest conservationists are finding more dangers that threaten the health of this fragile environment.

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I remember the first time I ever saw a patient pay for medical care with tree seedlings at the ASRI Clinic. Pak Hamsu, a patient from the village of Laman Satong where our main reforestation site is located, had amassed medical bills totaling over $375 at the ASRI Clinic after he had a severe stroke in April 2013. When he finally died, his family did not have enough money to repay the debt. So his nephew Jhony repaid the debt the only way he knew how: raising tree seedlings, grown from the seeds collected in the nearby forest that his village has protected for generations.

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February’s latest and greatest reads on deforestation, global health, and everything in between.

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