Regenerating Rainforests

by Health in Harmony
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Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Regenerating Rainforests
Pak Amir with his bee boxes
Pak Amir with his bee boxes

In 2017, Pak Amir was the seventh logger who handed over his chainsaw to HIH’s partner organization, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), as a commitment to stop logging.

Pak Amir chose to become a beekeeper as an alternative livelihood to logging because of the support offered through ASRI’s Chainsaw Buyback program, which provides members with investment money and business training.

Over the past five years, Pak Amir has succeeded in developing his beekeeping business from just 20 bee boxes to 91 bee boxes! During the harvest season, his kelulut (stingless) bees can produce 25 bottles of honey per month - each bottle can be sold for 60,000 rupiah. In addition to beekeeping, Pak Amir has been able to start other business ventures including raising chickens and running a small store.

Throughout the pandemic, Pak Amir was also active in sowing tree seedlings, which were then donated to ASRI through the newly-created COVID-19 Rainforest Stimulus Package. He provided ASRI with 500 seedlings - in return he received enough money to invest back into his beekeeping business and buy a new beebox.

Chainsaw Buyback (one of many Just Transition programs at ASRI) has supported over 230 former loggers, saving approximately 74,000 trees since the program began in 2017.

This program and others like it are able to run because of the support of donors like you. Thank you!

Pak Amir shows off his seedling nursery
Pak Amir shows off his seedling nursery

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Six goats were recently delivered to women in the Parit Bugis sub village of Gunung Palung National Park for the first time.

The Goats for Widows program was created several years ago in a partnership between communities and Health In Harmony’s affiliate organization Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). It has since grown to benefit hundreds of women over the years. It has also expanded geographically, with Health In Harmony planning to distribute goats to fifteen widows in three different subvillages by the end of the year.

Traditionally, in rural Indonesian Borneo, widowed women are left with few options for making a living. The creation of the Goats for Widows program supports these widows and their families as they develop financial independence. The manure produced by the goats can also be sold as a valuable fertilizer, which supports sustainable farming practices that relieve the pressure on rainforests.

It is your generosity that supports women and rainforests through programs like Goats for Widows. Thank you for your support!

(Photo Credit: Stephanie Gee)
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Gee)

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Dr. Willy at the ASRI Medical Center
Dr. Willy at the ASRI Medical Center

By mid-January, in Indonesia, COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Sukadana remained low at ~62% of individuals having received their first dose and ~36% having received their second dose.

The ASRI Medical Center continues to incentivize and educate individuals on vaccines. By the end of December 2021, daily vaccination numbers had quintupled from 20 individuals per day to 100 individuals per day.

However, due to the still-low vaccination rates, the region around ASRI has been considered a high-risk area where hospitals are likely to be overloaded with severe COVID-19 cases.

We are continuing to support ASRI's medical team and rainforest communities in the region during this time. Thank you for making ASRI's work possible!

Dr. Willy checking on a patient
Dr. Willy checking on a patient

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Misnanten holding seedlings used as payment
Misnanten holding seedlings used as payment

The following is a story from Misnanten who was able to use ASRI Klinik's non-cash payment system to pay for her husband's healthcare after a stroke.

"My name is Misnanten from Sutera Village, Kayong Utara Ragency. I am a mother of three children, and everyday I work as a greengrocer. I was so worried when I found out that my husband had a stroke 8 years ago. How can I help my husband get his medical care?

I am very grateful to be able to get medical treatment with tree seedlings at the ASRI Clinic. Otherwise, I don't know how to earn money for my husband to seek medical treatment.

My husband's stroke and heart disease treatment was helped thanks to the payment system using tree seedlings at the ASRI Clinic. Now my husband's condition is slowly improving and can do light activities."

It is because of you and all of our generous supporters that the ASRI Klinik can continue offering non-cash repayment options for patients and their families.

Thank you for your support!

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Nurses at Klinik ASRI
Nurses at Klinik ASRI

2020 saw COVID-19 and global disasters bring awareness to the rippling effects of the climate crisis and its interconnection to human health.

Amid these crises, Health In Harmony gained traction as a clear solution to climate change. With our unique approach of regenerating rainforests by listening to communities, we are reversing tropical rainforest deforestation across 8.7 million hectares of high conservation value rainforest.

Planetary health is interwoven throughout our programs, including healthcare, conservation, enriched livelihoods, and economic initiatives. Your donation goes further when you give to HIH: we invest directly in community designed solutions.

Thanks to your support, we responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic in Borneo and continued many critical healthcare and reforestation programs.

In March, Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) worked to prevent the spread of the virus into rainforest communities. Staff built handwashing stations, set up Wi-Fi hotspots to improve communications, and launched a public education campaign around COVID-19. We also hired Dr. Monica Nirmala to advise the national government's response to the pandemic.

ASRI created an emergency Conservation Stimulus package for rainforest community members who might otherwise have needed to return to logging or hunting out of financial necessity. ASRI also purchased produce from farmers who could no longer sell it in other towns and distributed it to community members who were most in need at the time.

In 2020 there were:

  • 42,000+ old growth trees protected
  • 28,625 non-cash payments received for healthcare
  • 10,196 people in 28 villages supported through community outreach programs
  • 8,618 total patient visits in Borneo
  • 3,600 face masks sewn by women in the community
  • 1,690 community members who received benefits from the Conservation Stimulus package
  • 29 new loggers who joined the Chainsaw Buyback program

All of this was made possible with your support. Thank you!

Bornean orangutan
Bornean orangutan

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