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Volunteer Voice: Yusep Synata

Apr 18th, 2014

Each week this month, we’re bringing you fresh perspectives on ASRI’s work from some of the people who know it best: our volunteers. ASRI has a steady stream of volunteers from the west. Less common are volunteers from within Indonesia. Yusep Synata, from Jakarta, is at ASRI for several weeks in March and April, working…

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Volunteer Voice: Dr. Anna Arroyo

Apr 11th, 2014

Each week this month, we’re bringing you fresh perspectives on ASRI’s work from some of the people who know it best: our volunteers. Dr. Anna Arroyo is a third year medical resident on the Global Health track at Stanford. She volunteered at ASRI for six weeks, and we had the chance to sit down together…

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What We’re Protecting: Hope for Borneo’s Rainforests

Apr 7th, 2014

By Trina Jones Borneo’s rainforests are under siege. Then why are we so hopeful for their future? As I write, I am drifting through the Tanjung Puting National Park, a Bornean rainforest. Our first group of travelers has finished their days in Sukadana, and we are now on a traditional klotok boat navigating the rivers…

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Volunteer Voice: How to Diagnose Change

Apr 4th, 2014

Each week this month, we’re bringing you fresh perspectives on ASRI’s work from some of the people who know it best: our volunteers. Drs. Karin Gunther and Lori Chow joined Health In Harmony on a journey to ASRI, March 9-19, 2014.  We had a chance to reflect with Dr. Karin on her 2008 volunteer experience at…

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In Nur’s Wake: Humility, Compassion, an Eagerness to Learn

Apr 2nd, 2014

By Michelle Bussard, HIH Executive Director The gibbons sing their howls. Motorbikes zoom by. ASRI Clinic hosts a few in-patients. The “plastics” truck eases by with its familiar tune, calling customers. Sun beats down as the morning breeze all but disappears. A day like any other and most, except that after three years, Dr. Nur…

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MacArthur Genius Fellow Donates $100,000 to ASRI

Mar 30th, 2014

We are thrilled to announce a major gift to ASRI: MacArthur Foundation Fellow Sarah “Sally” Otto is donating $100,000 from her MacArthur “Genius Grant” to support our community-based conservation work. By Kelsey Hartman, HIH Communications Associate Sometimes the most exciting news can come from the most unexpected places. It was a quiet day in the…

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Partners in Conservation: Forest Guardians meet with Gunung Palung Park leadership

Mar 26th, 2014

ASRI’s Forest Guardians are our not-so-secret weapon in combatting rainforest destruction: they are the bridge that connect local villagers to all our programs. Each of the 30 Forest Guardians are respected members of their community, nominated to the post by village leaders and then vetted and trained by ASRI in how to most persuasively approach…

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