Loren Bell via Crowdrise
September 30, 2013
BENEFITING: Health In Harmony Inc
ORGANIZER: Health In Harmony Inc
EVENT DATE: Oct 06, 2013
Mileage Tracker: 350
Running and I have had a rocky past... But I love being healthy, and I love the work that Health in Harmony is doing. So, when Kari suggested we run the Portland Marathon to support HinH, it was an easy decision.
So, while I suffer through 2 more months of sweat, blisters, mosquitos, rain, muscle spasms, chafing, and sunburn, I am hoping to inspire a few of you to suffer through a few mouse click to donate a few bucks. I sweat, you click, and and the end of this short chain is a team of real heros out there: men and women working daily to save a bit of rain forest. Right NOW, they are planting trees, improving rural health, teaching organic farming, saving lives, and inspring the next generation of forest guardians.
Why do you and I care?
Because, Gunung Palung National Park -- my home of three years -- is one of the last remaining chunks of pristine tropical rain forest on the island of Borneo. It is home to Clouded Leopard, Orangutan, Gibbons, and countless insects so bizarre they'll make you scream and laugh at the same time. There are still trees there so massive you could hide a school bus in their canopy. There are peat swamps 5 meters deep storing ages worth of carbon that can't be allowed to burn.
However, Gunung Palung is under threat. Already surrounded by Oil Palm plantations, is under constant attack by illegal logging and hunting. It will not survive without help -- and the best help around is, without a doubt, the local villagers who depend upon the forest and its products for their survival.
Klinik ASRI (a project of Health in Harmony) has been instrumental in shifting the tide of opinion among the villagers from one of indifference to one of passionate stewardship. ASRI lives at the intersection between environmental and human health, working to improve both by providing quality, affordable health-care while establishing conservation initiatives and community development projects.
It works. There has been a reduction in illegal logging around the Park, and several organic farming cooperatives have sprouted in the villages.
It is totally abstract, I know. But yes, somehow by you clicking a few buttons, and me running a few miles, seedlings will sprout in the buffer zones surrounding the park, goats will be given to widows trying to figure out how they will survive, children will be taught the importance of clean water, and cataracts will be removed from thankful patients who go on to become staunch forest guardians.
Somehow it all works.
Some slight discomfort on my part encourages a tiny effort on your part which results in some monumental effort and astounding accomplishments by the ASRI crew.
Oh - and your donation is tax-deductible.